„A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates.“
故善战者,求之于势,不责于人。

—  Sun Tzu, Variant: The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men.
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philosophe théoricien de l'art de la guerre chinois -543 - 251 avant J.-C.
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