The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand.
Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat:
how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point
that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.
- Lionel Giles Translation
The Sunzi's Translation: Dr. Ralph Sawyer
- Art of War 1 (Paraphrased from the Sawyer's translation)
"Those who excel in warfare contend for advantage with others only after determining through temple calculations that they will be successful.
- Li Quan's T'ai-pai Yin-ching