Friday, January 10, 2014

The Tale of 3 Healers (short story)

One of the most often quoted of all fables based on the writings of the legendary mercenary general Sun Tzu is about three healers. . .

A lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.
The well-known healer replied, “I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin, so from time to time my name gets out and is heard among the lords.”
“My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute, so his name gets around only in his own neighborhood.
“My eldest brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house.

(The Art of War Quotes)
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” 
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 
“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” 
“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” 

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war,
while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” 
“All warfare is based on deception.” 
“Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons.
 And they will follow you into the deepest valley.” 
“One mark of a great soldier is that
 he fight on his own terms or
fights not at all.” 
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, 
and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” 
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” 
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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