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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War (Creative Commons)

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It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.

Forbes, B.C., Public domain

—B.C. Forbes (Public domain)

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The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

Disraeli, Benjamin

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public domain)

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Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory.

Caesar, Julius

—Julius Caesar

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First study to conceal what thou art; seek wisdom a little while unto thyself.  Thus grows the fruit; first, the seed must be buried in the earth for a little space; there it must be hid and slowly grow, that it may reach maturity.  But if it produce the ear before the jointed stalk, it is imperfect—a thing from the garden of Adonis.  Such a sorry growth art thou; thou hast blossomed too soon: the winter cold will wither thee away!

Epictetus

—Epictetus, Greek Philosopher, 55 AD – 135 AD

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All things are ready, if our minds be so.

Shakespeare

—William Shakespeare, Henry V

 

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If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

Washington Praying at Valley Forge

—General George Washington

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