Sun Tzu, Aristotle, Herodotus, and Musashi on Strategy

“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” – Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645, legendary Japanese swordsman

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek philosopher)

“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.” – Sun Tzu (c. 490 BC, Chinese military strategist)

“Unless a variety of opinions are laid before us, we have no opportunity of selection, but are bound of necessity to adopt the particular view which may have been brought forward.” – Herodotus (5th century BC Greek historian)

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