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Chapter V. ENERGY
1. Sun Tzu said: The control of a large
force is the same principle as the control
of a few men: it is merely a question of
dividing up their numbers.
2. Fighting with a large army under your
command is nowise different from fighting
with a small one: it is merely a question
of instituting signs and signals.
3. To ensure that your whole host may
withstand the brunt of the enemy's attack
and remain unshaken-- this is effected by
maneuvers direct and indirect.
4. That the impact of your army may be like
a grindstone dashed against an egg--this is
effected by the science of weak points and
5. In all fighting, the direct method may
be used for joining battle, but indirect
methods will be needed in order to secure
6. Indirect tactics, 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 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
8. There are not more than five primary
colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and
black), yet in combination they produce
more hues than can ever been seen.
9. There are not more than five cardinal
tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter),
yet combinations of them yield more flavors
than can ever be tasted.
10. In battle, there are not more than two
methods of attack--the direct and the
indirect; yet these two in combination give
rise to an endless series of maneuvers.
11. The direct and the indirect lead on to
each other in turn.
It is like moving in a circle--you never
come to an end.
Who can exhaust the possibilities of their
12. The onset of troops is like the rush of
a torrent which will even roll stones along
in its course.
13. The quality of decision is like the
well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables
it to strike and destroy its victim.
14. Therefore the good fighter will be
terrible in his onset, and prompt in his
15. Energy may be likened to the bending of
a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a
16. Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle,
there may be seeming disorder and yet no
real disorder at all; amid confusion and
chaos, your array may be without head or
tail, yet it will be proof against defeat.
17. Simulated disorder postulates perfect
discipline, simulated fear postulates
courage; simulated weakness postulates
18. Hiding order beneath the cloak of
disorder is simply a question of
subdivision; concealing courage under a
show of timidity presupposes a fund of
latent energy; masking strength with
weakness is to be effected by tactical
19. Thus one who is skillful at keeping the
enemy on the move maintains deceitful
appearances, according to which the enemy
will act.
He sacrifices something, that the enemy may
snatch at it.
20. By holding out 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 of combined energy, and does not
require too much from individuals.
Hence his ability to pick out the right men
and utilize combined energy.
22. When he utilizes combined energy, his
fighting men become as it were like unto
rolling logs or stones.
For it is the nature of a log or stone to
remain motionless on level ground, and to
move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to
come to a standstill, but if round-shaped,
to go rolling down.
23. Thus the energy developed by good
fighting men is as the momentum of a round
stone rolled down a mountain thousands of
feet in height.
So much on the subject of energy.


孫子兵法5/13 (Chapter 05 - The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Energy)

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