Friday, August 19, 2011

100 Books Every Woman Should Read - The Art of War***

This slender volume is a must despite it's seeming incongruity with modern female life. We have to be on our toes all the time and Sun Tzu fully understands and explains how to think about this.

This book had me humming "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan all afternoon.

This book is called The Art of War for a reason. It's all about strategy. Because of this much of it is applicable to everyday life.

Also, I think every Commander in Chief of the United States should be required to read this book. America's being involved in war also gives an interesting perspective to The Art of War.

Good Quotes:

  • "The Way means virtue. It is first necessary to compare the political leadership of nations at war."

  • "Therefore it is said that victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."

  • "If you use the enemy to defeat the enemy, you will be strong wherever you go."

  • "Using order to deal with the disorderly, using calm to deal with the clamorous, is mastering the heart."

  • "So the rule of military operations is not to count on opponents not coming, but to rely on having ways of dealing with them; not to count on opponents not attacking, but to rely on having what cannot be attacked."

  • "A government should not mobilize an army out of anger, military leaders should not provoke war out of wrath. Act when it is beneficial, desist if it is not. Anger can revert to joy, wroth can revert to delight, but a nation destroyed cannot be restored to existence, and the dead cannot be restored to life."

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