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The Art of War
Sun Tzu

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7.1-7.26 continued

 

[7.21] Therefore, those skilled in the use of force avoid [the enemy's] high energy, and strike when energy is exhausted. This is the way to manage energy.

[7.22] Disciplined, wait for disorder;calm, wait for clamor. This is the way to manage the mind.

[7.23] Near, wait for the distant; rested, wait for the fatigued; full, wait for the hungry. This is the way to manage strength.

[7.24] Do not do battle with well-ordered flags;do not do battle with well-regulated formations. This is the way to manage adaptation.

[7.25] Therefore, the principles of warfare are: Do not attack an enemy that has the high ground; do not attack an enemy that has his back to a hill; do not pursue feigned retreats; do not attack elite troops; do not swallow the enemy's bait.

[7.26] Do not thwart an enemy retreating home.* If you surround the enemy, leave an outlet; do not press an enemy that is cornered. These are the principles of warfare.

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7.22 Disciplined. If your adversary is disciplined.
7.24 well-ordered flags. Orderly ranks; well-organized troops.
7.26 Do not thwart an enemy retreating. Show compassion; after you win, don't ravage the loser.

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