|Sun Tzu Wu and The
Art of War
I know you've heard about this ancient book of wisdom. It's very popular
in the business world these days.
Here are some quotes from Thomas Cleary's introduction to The Art of
- Those who are skilled in
combat do not become angered. Those who are skilled at winning do
not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the
ignorant fight to win.
- This idea of knowing while
being unknown, repeated again and again [is] a key to success.
- The simultaneous appreciation
of very different points of view is a powerful Taoist technique [and
EQ technique as well!]. That Sun Tzu calmly teaches the ruthless art
of war while condemning war [is a perfect example].... Understanding
how people can be manipulated through emotions, for example, is as
useful for those who wish to avoid this as it is for those who wish
to practice it.
- Speed does not mean haste.
- When victory is won, it
should be complete, to avoid the expense of maintaining an
- When you know both yourself
and others, you are never in danger.
- The idea is to be filled
with energy while at the same time draining opponents.
- The five dangers: (1) to be
too willing to die, (2) too eager to live, (3) too quick to anger,
(4) too puritanical or (5) too sentimental.
- Real ruthlessness, the
coldness of complete objectivity, always includes oneself in its
cutting assessment of the real situation.
- The paradox of ambiguity is
an exact science in the Taroist literature of higher psychology.