„A skilled soldier kills your enemies, but a skilled duelist kills your allies.“

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Lois McMaster Bujold
écrivain américaine 1949
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„If you kill your enemies, they win.“

—  Justin Trudeau 23rd Prime Minister of Canada; eldest son of Pierre Trudeau 1971
attributed by Miles McInnes of Rebel Media in 15 March 2016 video "Why Miles McInnes is moving back to Canada: Trudeau's 10 Greatest Quotes!" at 5m45s number 9/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpW1m-8yVQ&t=5m45s" (along with accompanying article by Gavin McCinnes “If you kill your enemies, they win”: Justin Trudeau’s greatest quotes! https://www.therebel.media/justin_trudeau_s_greatest_quotes released the same day)) then repeated by Daniel Greenfield of Canada Free Press in 31 March 2016 article " Surrendering to ISIS is the Only Way to Defeat It https://canadafreepress.com/article/surrendering-to-isis-is-the-only-way-to-defeat-it" this thread https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/68iwe3/any_evidence_that_trudeau_said_if_you_kill_your/ questioning the veracity of the attribution was created in April 2017. No corroborating evidence was found to support the McCinnes brothers claim that Trudeau said this, yet many others have repeated it. Possibly a paraphrasing of Justin's February 2016 quote about elevating enemies.

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„Keep killing your ideas until they cannot be killed. If you never kill your ideas, you’ll kill your career.“

—  Garin Nugroho Indonesian director 1961
As quoted in the Jakarta Globe http://www.jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/features/legendary-director-garin-nugroho-shares-insights-experiences-singapore-masterclass/, Singapore International Film Festival (March 12, 2017)

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„Th' adorning thee with so much art
Is but a barb'rous skill;
'T is like the pois'ning of a dart,
Too apt before to kill.“

—  Abraham Cowley British writer 1618 - 1667
The Waiting Maid; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.“

—  Tsunetomo Yamamoto Samurai 1659 - 1719
Context: A certain swordsman in his declining years said the following: In one's life. there are levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskillful. At this point he is worthless. In the middle level he is still useless but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others. In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth. In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing. These are the levels in general;. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks that he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end. It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked, "I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself." Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.

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„A soldier's job was to kill. A rifle killed.“

—  Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Context: He was a Major now, the ranks long in his past, yet he still carried the rifle. He had always carried a long-arm into battle; a musket when he was a private, a rifle now he was an officer. He saw no reason not to carry a gun. A soldier's job was to kill. A rifle killed. Major Richard Sharpe, p. 55

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„For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 avant J.-C.
Variant translations Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting.

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„It’s the problem with politics. Your enemies are often your allies. And vice versa.“

—  Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969
Chapter 19 (p. 194)

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