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《三十六计》中英文对照 Chapter 1

《孙子兵法》三十六计(Thirty-Six Stratagems)乃兵家之经典著作。

Chapter 1: Winning Stratagems 第一套 胜战计 ▌原文 备周则意怠;常见则不疑。阴在阳之内,不在阳之对。太阳,太阴。


Mask your real goals, by using the ruse of a fake goal, until the real goal is achieved. Tactically, this is known as an 'open feint': in front of everyone, you point west, when your goal is actually in the east.

第二计 围魏救赵 relieving the state of Zhao by besieging the state of Wei ▌原文



When the enemy is too strong to be attacked directly, then attack something he holds dear. Know that he cannot be superior in all things. Somewhere there is a gap in the armour, a weakness that can be attacked instead. The idea here is to avoid a head-on battle with a strong enemy, and instead strike at his weakness elsewhere. This will force the strong enemy to retreat in order to support his weakness. Battling against the now tired and low-morale enemy will give a much higher chance of success.

第三计 借刀杀人 killing someone with a borrowed knife ▌原文



When you do not have the means to attack your enemy directly, then attack using the strength of another. Trick an ally into attacking him, bribe an official to turn traitor, or use the enemy's own strength against him.

第四计 以逸待劳 waiting at one's ease for the exhausted enemy ▌原文



It is an advantage to choose the time and place for battle. In this way you know when and where the battle will take place, while your enemy does not. Encourage your enemy to expend his energy in futile quests while you conserve your strength. When he is exhausted and confused, you attack with energy and purpose.

第五计 趁火打劫 plundering a burning house ▌原文



When a country is beset by internal conflicts, when disease and famine ravage the population, when corruption and crime are rampant, then it will be unable to deal with an outside threat. This is the time to attack.

第六计 声东击西 making a feint to the east and attacking in the west ▌原文



In any battle the element of surprise can provide an overwhelming advantage. Even when face to face with an enemy, surprise can still be employed by attacking where he least expects it. To do this you must create an expectation in the enemy's mind through the use of a feint.