Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. He is the original author of ‘The Art of The War’, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and East Asian culture as a legendary historical and military figure. The book presents a philosophy of war for managing conflicts and winning battles. It is accepted as a masterpiece on strategy and has been frequently cited and referred to by generals and theorists since it was first published, translated, and distributed internationally. There are numerous theories concerning when the text was completed and concerning the identity of the author or authors, but archaeological recoveries show that the book had taken roughly its current form by at least the early Han. Of the military texts written before the unification of China and Shi Huangdi’s subsequent book burning in the second century BC, six major works have survived. The book has also become popular among political leaders and those in business management. It addresses strategy in a broad fashion, touching upon public administration and planning. EliteColumn brings you the 12 hand-picked quotes from the ancient book for your inspiration.

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