„He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.“

—  Sun Tzu

Original: (zh) 知可战与不可战者胜。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter III · Strategic Attack

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philosophe théoricien de l'art de la guerre chinois -543 - -495 avant J.-C.

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„For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774

The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.
The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".

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„He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Aphorism 146 from Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Beyond Good and Evil) an 1886 book by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Translated from: Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

Source: Gutenberg-DE

Translation source: Hollingdale
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„One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

Samuel Butler's Notebooks http://books.google.com/books?id=cjk3AAAAIAAJ&q=%22One+of+the+first+businesses+of+a+sensible+man+is+to+know+when+he+is+beaten+and+to+leave+off+fighting+at+once%22&pg=PA186#v=onepage (1951)

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„Ricky Hatton cannot fight. He cannot box. He throws one punch at a time and then holds. There is no skill to what he does in the ring.“

—  Ricky Hatton English former professional boxer 1978

Floyd Mayweather Jr describing Hattons boxing ability after Hatton mentioned that his next fight could well be against him. http://news2.thdo.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/6235742.stm
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„He, therefore, who desires peace, should prepare for war. He who aspires to victory, should spare no pains to form his soldiers. And he who hopes for success, should fight on principle, not chance. (Book 3, Foreword)“

—  Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, livre De re militari

De Re Militari (also Epitoma Rei Militaris), Book III, "Dispositions for Action"
Original: (la) Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum; qui uictoriam cupit, milites inbuat diligenter; qui secundos optat euentus, dimicet arte, non casu.
Variante: Si vis pacem para bellum. ("If you want peace, prepare for war.")

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„If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense.“

—  Imre Kertész Hungarian writer 1929 - 2016

Source: Detective Story (2008), p. 69.
Contexte: If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense. A person usually fights against a power in order to gain power himself. Or else because the power in question is threatening his life.

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„If he is playing very good, I have to play unbelievable. If not, it’s impossible, especially if he’s playing with good confidence. When he’s 100 percent, he’s playing in another league. It’s impossible to stop him. I fight. I fight. I fight. Nothing to say. Just congratulate him.“

—  Roger Federer Swiss tennis player 1981

Rafael Nadal, after losing to Federer in the Shanghai Masters Cup semifinal, Nov. 17, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/sports/tennis/18tennis.html?ref=sports http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21844884/

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„The food of the true revolutionary is the red pepper, And he who cannot endure red peppers is also unable to fight.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

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