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  1. 知敵之可擊而不知吾卒之不可擊勝之半也
  2. 知敵之可擊知吾卒之可以擊而不知地形之不可以戰勝之半也
  3. 故知兵者動而不迷舉而不窮
  4. 故曰知彼知己勝乃不殆知地知天勝乃可全


28. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.

29. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the nature of the ground makes fighting impracticable, we have still gone only halfway towards victory.

30. Hence the experienced soldier, once in motion, is never bewildered; once he has broken camp, he is never at a loss.

31. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt;