1.Sun Tzu said: The control of a large force is the same in principle as the control of a few men: it is merely merely a question of dividing up dividing up their numbers.
2. Fighting with a large army under your command is no wise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely merely a question of instituting signs and signals.
3.To ensure ensure that your whole whole host may withstand withstand the brunt of the enemy's attack and remain remain unshaken — this is effected effected by manœuvres direct and indirect.
4.That the impact impact of your army may be like a grindstone dashed against an egg — this is effected effected by the science of weak points and strong.
5.In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to se cure victory.
6. Indirect tactics, efficiently efficiently applied, are inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away pass away to return once more.
7.There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
8.There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen
9.There are not more than five cardinal cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.
10.In battle, there are not more than two methods of at tack — the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of manœuvres.
11. The direct and the indirect lead on to lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle — you never come to an end. Who can exhaust exhaust the possibilities of their combination?
12.The onset of troops is like the rush rush of a torrent torrent which will even roll roll stones along in its course
13.. The quality of decision is like the well timed swoop of a falcon which enables enables it to strike and destroy its victim. victim.
14.Therefore the good fighter will be terrible terrible in his onset, and prompt prompt in his decision.
15. Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.
16.Amid the turmoil turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming seeming disorder disorder and yet no real disorder disorder at all; amid amid confusion and chaos, chaos, your array may be without head or tail, yet it will be proof against defeat. defeat.
17. Simulated Simulated disorder disorder postulates postulates perfect discipline; simulated simulated fear postulates postulates courage; simulated simulated weakness postulates postulates strength.
18.Hiding order beneath beneath the cloak of disorder disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing concealing courage under a show of timidity timidity presupposes a fund of latent latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected effected by tactical dispositions. dispositions.
19.Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, appearances, according according to which the enemy will act. He sacrifices sacrifices something, that the enemy may snatch at it.
20.By holding out baits, baits, he keeps him on the march; then with a body of picked men he lies in wait for him.
21.The clever combatant looks to the effect effect of combined en ergy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability ability to pick out pick out the right men and to utilise utilise combined energy.
22.When he utilises utilises combined energy, his fighting men be come as it were like unto rolling rolling logs or stones. For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on move when on a slope; if four cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round shaped, to go rolling down go rolling down
23.Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height. So much on the subject subject of energy.