|In every action there are the three
elements of loss, acquisition and value. The quality and measure of each of these three
elements should be weighed before under taking any action.
The prince whose undertakings are carefully
launched after deliberation with a body of tried counselors will find no Impediment in the
achievement of his objects.
The wise does not launch in undertaking by
which, for a possible fu4ure gain, they will lose what which, for a possible fu4ure gain,
The wise conserve what is already gained
before entering on a doubtful undertaking,
Ill-considered aggressive operations serve
only to mobilize and strengthen the enemy.