awaken never rest in one place.
Like swans, they rise and leave the lake.
On the air they rise and fly an invisible course.
Their food is knowledge. They live on emptiness.
They have seen how to break free.
Who can follow them?
is the bulwark of the nation.
When the bulwark is strong, the nation
is strong. When the bulwark is
weak, the nation is
are three ways
in which a ruler can bring
misfortune to his army: if he orders
the army to retreat or advance when it cannot
effectively do so, this is called “hobbling the army”;
if he attempts to administer the army when he does not
know how, its warriors will become frustrated;
if he commands the officers without proper
insight into how they function, this
will undermine their
Once an army
has been confused like this,
This is known as “inviting chaos
and handing victory to the
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is the greatest bliss.
It can be realized only by experience.
Even an emperor is no match
for a man with no