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The Art of War (1521)
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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
I believe that it is possible for one to praise, without concern, any man after he is dead since every reason and supervision for adulation is lacking.
And above all you ought to guard against leading an army to fight which is afraid or which is not confident of victory. For the greatest sign of an impending loss is when one does not believe one can win.
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