8.11

Chapter: Variation in Tactics

8.11

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.

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.