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  1. 知此而用戰者必勝不知此而用戰者必敗
  2. 故戰道必勝主曰無戰必戰可也戰道不勝主曰必戰無戰可也

constitutes the test of a great general.

22. He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated.

23. If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler's bidding.