Citations Sun Tzu

„If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.“

—  Sun Tzu

"If his forces are united, separate them" is also interpreted: "If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them."
Original: (zh_Hant) 實而備之,強而避之,怒而撓之,卑而驕之,佚而勞之,親而離之,出其不意,攻其不備。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter I · Detail Assessment and Planning

„All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.“

—  Sun Tzu

Variant translations
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
Original: (zh_Hant) 兵者,詭道也。故能而示之不能,用而示之不用,近而示之遠,遠而示之近,
Source: The Art of War, Chapter I · Detail Assessment and Planning

„Sunzi said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.“

—  Sun Tzu

Translation by Lionel Giles
Original: (zh_Hant) 孫子曰:昔之善戰者,先為不可勝,以待敵之可勝,不可勝在己,可勝在敵。故善戰者,能為不可勝,不能使敵必可勝。故曰:勝可知,而不可為。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter IV · Disposition of the Army

„When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh) 积水之激,至于漂石者,势也。鸷鸟之疾,至于毁折者,节也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter V · Forces

„The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh_Hant) 故用兵之法,無恃其不來,恃吾有以待之;無恃其不攻,恃吾有所不可攻也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter VIII · Variations and Adaptability

„Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh_Hant) 故明君賢將,所以動而勝人,成功出于眾者,先知也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XIII · Intelligence and Espionage

„Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh) 此(译注:用间)兵之要,三军之所恃而动也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XIII · Intelligence and Espionage

„It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh) 敌间之来间我者,因而利之,导而舍之,故反间可得而用也;
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XIII · Intelligence and Espionage

„Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.“

—  Sun Tzu

Attributed to Sun Tzu in multiple books and internet sites, but this text does not appear in The Art of War and seems to be a more recent creation.
Disputed

„Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.“

—  Sun Tzu

This has appeared as a variant of Sun Tzu's assertion to "leave a way of escape." Tu Mu, commenting on Sun Tzu, advises, "Show him there is a road to safety..." Ch. 7; it has also recently appeared on the internet attributed to Scipio Africanus, but without citation.
Disputed

„Opportunities multiply as they are seized.“

—  Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu among many other military thinkers and leaders believed in fate and determination from the correct application of theory, the state of the opponent's and one's own power, and a code for the general and a code for the soldier to follow, rather than the Machiavellian type of intuition that evokes an evolution of opportunism that brought great historical consequences as it dominated over the classical and medieval ethical doctrines. Thus this statement is contrary to Sun Tzu principles. Nevertheless, there is a possible relation to the quote: Quickness is the essence of the war.
Misattributed

„Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh-CN) 兵之情主速,乘敌所不及,由不虞之途,攻其所不备也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XI · The Nine Battlegrounds

„The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.“

—  Sun Tzu, livre L'Art de la guerre

(zh-TW) 孫子曰:國之上下,死生之地,存亡之道,不可不察也。
The Art of War, Chapter 1 · Detail Assessment and Planning

„Bestow rewards without respect to customary practice; publish orders without respect to precedent. Thus you may employ the entire army as you would one man.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh) 施无法之赏,悬无政之令。犯三军之众,若使一人。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter XI · The Nine Battlegrounds

„To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh_Hant) 圍師必闕
Source: The Art of War, Chapter VII · Military Maneuvers

„If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh-CN) 怒而挠之
Source: The Art of War, Chapter I · Detail Assessment and Planning

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