- Warfare is the way of deception—learn it and your state will survive.
- Avoid prolonged battles—win, and win quickly.
- When possible, preserve rather than destroy.
- Make sure you’re unconquerable before you try to take out your enemy.
- The general that develops fresh combinations of the orthodox and unorthodox will be victorious.
- Use the terrain and natural elements to secure victories more easily and avoid traps.
- Successful campaigns begin with good espionage—good espionage begins with turning enemy agents into double agents.