8.11

Chapter: Variation in Tactics 8.11
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Translation:

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

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Commentary

Any war can be won if you can always defend successfully. The best strategy is hence to always ready to take on the enemy at any time.