Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On dampened ardor..............................

"When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, the men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened.  If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength, and if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the state will not be equal to the strain.  Never forget:  When your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasury spent, other chieftains will spring up and take advantage of your extremity.  Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue."
-Sun Tzu (as channeled by James Clavell),  The Art of War

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