Sun Tzu said: The art of war
is of vital importance to the State.
And therefore a prince who does not understand the art of war
, over and above the other misfortunes already mentioned, cannot be respected by his soldiers, nor can he rely on them.
The men are trained in the higher branches of the art of war
; in strategy and the maneuvering of large bodies of troops.
In fact they did to others that which they would not they should do to them-- that grand principle of immortality upon which rests the whole art of war
Then women must be taught music and gymnastic and also the art of war
, which they must practise like the men?
And being no stranger to the art of war
, I gave him a description of cannons, culverins, muskets, carabines, pistols, bullets, powder, swords, bayonets, battles, sieges, retreats, attacks, undermines, countermines, bombardments, sea fights, ships sunk with a thousand men, twenty thousand killed on each side, dying groans, limbs flying in the air, smoke, noise, confusion, trampling to death under horses' feet, flight, pursuit, victory; fields strewed with carcases, left for food to dogs and wolves and birds of prey; plundering, stripping, ravishing, burning, and destroying.
He saw that what he was feeling was felt by all the men about him experienced in the art of war
. All their faces looked dejected, and they all shunned one another's eyes- only a de Beausset could fail to grasp the meaning of what was happening.
The art of war
teaches general principles of organization, movement, and discipline, which apply universally.][E1]
No sooner, therefore, did he hear of her confinement, than he earnestly applied himself to procure her liberty; which he presently effected, not by storming the castle, according to the example of antient heroes, but by corrupting the governor, in conformity with the modern art of war
, in which craft is held to be preferable to valour, and gold is found to be more irresistible than either lead or steel.
There are some who might find some pleasure in these paintings, but I learn the art of war
is the only art which is held in honor in your island."
"This is a piece of great skill in the art of war
that you have exhibited here, monsieur," said Louis.
We reckoned the improvements of the art of war
among the triumphs of science, and yet Napoleon conquered Europe by the bivouac, which consisted of falling back on naked valor and disencumbering it of all aids.