7.29

Chapter: Maneuvering

7.29

Translation:

A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods.

Commentary

Hence if you can engage the enemy when your spirit is high and theirs is low, then you have a significant advantage.

Likewise it is unwise to engage when the spirits of your people are low.