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December 1, 2004

Enlightened Leader is Heedful

No leader should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no leader should fight simply out of pique. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life. Hence the enlightened leader is heedful, and the good leader full of caution.
---Sun Tzu (c. 6th-5th century B.C.)

Source: Military Encounters: Quotations on War & Peace edited by Robert Edwards 2004 Barnes & Noble Books ISBN 0-7607-6324-0

Posted by niganit at December 1, 2004 9:02 PM
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