New category today: selections from the bare translation of Chinese philosopher-General Sun Tsu (or, Sun Tzi, depending on your translator) and his masterwork, On the Art of War:
On the Strategy of Warfare (Section Three): (Apologies for the underlining, the text editor does that & I don't know how to turn it off)
17. Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign. 18. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.