„The art of war is of vital importance to the State.“

—  Sun Tzu, Context: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
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philosophe théoricien de l'art de la guerre chinois -543 - 251 avant J.-C.

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