100 Best Strategy Quotes to plan for action

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According to the Cambridge Dictionary, strategy is a detailed plan for achieving success in situations such as war, politics, business, industry, or sport, or the skill of planning for such situations. The strategy helps to define the vision and mission of an organization. It also helps in determining the future course of action. To know the importance of strategy, you can read the best strategy quotes.

The below best inspirational strategy quotes will help to set some action plans to achieve your targeted goals. Also, read the best inspiring action quotes, achieving dreams quotes, and achievement quotes.

Best Strategy Quotes

1. “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” ― Baltasar Gracian

2. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ― Oscar Wilde

3. “Always leave a way out, unless you really want to find out how hard a man can fight when he’s nothing to lose.” ― Robert Jordan

4. “Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.” ― Frank Herbert

5. “Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull.  Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force but may be lured into an ambush and slain.” ― Sun Tzu

6. “Consider and then act, don’t react. A worthy opponent will calculate his move to entice a response from you. Make your own play.” ― R.D. Ronald

7. “Doing nothing requires effort. Over time, that effort is greater than the effort necessary to improve or move somewhere better. The trick is to redirect energy.” ― Max McKeown

8. “Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft!” ― Theodore Roosevelt

9. “Every step in life is merely part of a game. Every piece is necessary, but if you do not know how to control the game, then you become one of the pieces that are meant to be sacrificed.” ― Lionel Suggs

10. “Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.” ― Horatio Nelson

11. “I like football. I find it an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” ― Craig Ferguson

12. “If someone offers you an opportunity to get closer to your enemy, you always take it.” ― Veronica Roth

13. “If we wish to wrest an advantage from the enemy, we must not fix our minds on that alone, but allow for the possibility of the enemy also doing some harm to us, and let this enter as a factor into our calculations.” ― Sun Tzu

Best Inspiring Quotes on Strategy

14. “If your enemy offers you two targets, strike at a third.” ― Robert Jordan

15. “In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli

16. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

17. “Learn how to think a few moves ahead at once. In life, if you can anticipate the human mind, you can anticipate all possible futures.” ― Lionel Suggs

18. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

19. “Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.” ― Baltasar Gracian

20. “Never send a battalion to take a hill if a regiment is available.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

21. “Perception is strong and sights weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” ― Miyamoto Musashi

22. “Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.” ― Peter Drucker

23. “Strategy is methodical, but the one who steers chaos and randomness can steer God.” ― Lionel Suggs

24. “Strategy is not really a solo sport – even if you’re the CEO.” ― Max McKeown

25. “Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

26. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

27. “The definition of a professional is one who does a job well even when they don’t like it.” ― Alan Sheinwald

Best Strategic Thinking Quotes

28. “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” ― Michael Porter

29. “The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous.” ― Richard M. Nixon

30. “The only teacher that’s worth anything to you is your enemy.” ― Orson Scott Card

31. “The secret of success in battle lies often not so much in the use of one’s own strength but in the exploitation of the other side’s weaknesses.” ― John Christopher

32. “The smart strategist allows strategy to be shaped by events. Good reactions can make a great strategy. The strategy involves competition of goals, and the risk is the difference between those goals and the ability of the organization to achieve them. So part of the risk is created by the strategy.” ― Max McKeown

33. “Thinking there had to be a better way was a brilliant stroke of serendipity!” ― Lorii Myers

34. “Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” ― Alice Schroeder

35. “We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

36. “When an invading force crosses a river in its onward march, do not advance to meet it in mid-stream.  It will be best to let half the army get across, and then deliver your attack.” ― Sun Tzu

37. “When you decide to attack, keep calm and dash in quickly, forestalling the enemy…attack with a feeling of constantly crushing the enemy, from first to last.” ― Miyamoto Musashi

38. “When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.” ― Sun Tzu

39. “You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.” ― Sun Tzu

40. “No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.” ― Horatio Nelson

41. “If the rules make such a difference, then it becomes very important who gets to make them.” ― Abhijit V. Banerjee

42. “The best results come about when we not only visualize the best possible future but also make a plan to commit ourselves to achieve it.” ― Kate O’Neill

43. “When the rabbit turns and chases the wolf into the arms of the devil, the devil and rabbit become deadly alliances. Beware of the rabbit.” ― T.L. Price

Famous Creative Strategy Quotes

44. “Innovation is about practical creativity – it’s about making new ideas useful…” ― Max Mckeown

45. “If there are no new ideas, there is no innovation. And if there is no creativity, there are no new ideas.” ― Max McKeown

46. “Plan strategically and strike it once to win. You can achieve maximum dues with minimum dice if only you are willing to clearly calculate and throw your efforts with optimism!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

47. “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.” ― Alvin Toffler

48. “Your money habits and investment strategy is not all about what you do, but much about who you are. Become the person it takes to do, succeed, and innovate.” ― Amah Lambert

49. “Your strategy for success must constantly move, change, and evolve.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour

50. “Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.” ― Criss Jami

51. “When God plays chess, you will notice that he never has to move a single piece…in order to win.” ― Lionel Suggs

52. “When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.” ― Sun Tzu

53. “A dream is a frame or portrait or a construction or focus of one’s vision by means of perception, based on what he or she knows and settles within via strategic thinking.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

54. “Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell

55. “Change is hard at first, Messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” ― Robin S. Sharma

Best Strategy Quotes by Sun Tzu for war strategy

56. “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.” ― Sun Tzu

57. “Conform to the enemy’s tactics until a favorable opportunity offers; then come forth and engage in a battle that shall prove decisive.” ― Sun Tzu

58. “Great results, can be achieved with small forces.” ― Sun Tzu

59. “If his forces are united, separate them.” ― Sun Tzu

60. “If there is a disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak.” ― Sun Tzu

61. “If your opponent is of choleric temper,  seek to irritate him.  Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.” ― Sun Tzu

62. “Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.” ― Sun Tzu

63. “Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.” ― Sun Tzu

64. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu

65. “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy so that he cannot fathom our real intent.” ― Sun Tzu

66. “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” ― Sun Tzu

67. “We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.” ― Sun Tzu

68. “When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION.” ― Sun Tzu

69. “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” ― Sun Tzu

Best Inspirational Business Strategy Quotes

70. “Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” ― Max McKeown

71. “A great strategy meeting is a meeting of minds.” ― Max McKeown

72. “Be creative while inventing ideas, but be disciplined while implementing them.” ― Amit Kalantri

73. “Having the best service is the best business strategy.” ― Debasish Mridha

74. “In this day and time, a digital brand can launch you into a billion-dollar business.” ― Germany Kent

75. “This day and time, in order to reach your target audience, you must strengthen your digital presence.” ― Germany Kent

76. “People are striving for authenticity in an inauthentic world. That’s why sensuality is now more crucial than ever.” ― Lebo Grand

77. “The strategies that generate the most money and continue to work are designed as a living, breathing plans of action that can be expanded to handle high-level growth and capacity.” ― Troy Sandidge

78. “The internet and online communication is the window into your world – but real-life, in-person communication/connection is the door.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

79. “No one can take the shot for you.” ― Lorii Myers

80. “Brilliant strategy is the best route to desirable ends with available means.” ― Max McKeown

81. “Corporate strategy is usually only useful if you get people engaged with helping you to make it work.” ― Max McKeown

82. “Following the rules of your industry will only get you so far.” ― Max McKeown

83. “Strategy and culture should have breakfast together.” ― Max McKeown

84. “Strategy is about out-thinking your competition. Mark Zuckerberg, while at Harvard, built a website called Facemash ‘for fun’. Even today, Facebook believes that ‘done is better than perfect.” ― Max McKeown

85. “Strategy is about shaping the future.” ― Max Mckeown

Best Marketing Strategy quotes

86. “Social media isn’t a brand strategy. Social media is a channel. While it’s important for a brand to develop something to say, it’s more important to create something that will be heard.” ― David Brier

87. “You are either building trust or destroying trust” ― Aarti Parmar

88. “Digital marketing success requires you to be strategic to determine exactly what objectives might work for you, your brand, or your business.” ― Germany Kent

89. “If you are creating and sharing valuable information online you will attract an audience. Your goal is to be relevant to your industry.” ― Germany Kent

90. “When you get serious about your brand that is when the tide will shift.” ― Germany Kent

91. “The quickest route to success is a straight line. A straight line in its purest form is simple. We must activate the power of simplicity!” ― Troy Sandidge

92. “Reach is never static; it is the product of what you do to expand your work and its impact over time.” ― Becky Robinson

93. “For lack of digital marketing knowledge, many good businesses perish!” ― Simba Mudonzvo

94. “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” ― David M. Ogilvy

95. “Don’t try to follow trends. Create them.” ― Simon Zingerman

96. “Strategy is about making choices; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.” ― Michael Porter

97. “Think crazily, even if others laugh at you. Act bravely, even if you are all alone.” ― Dilip Bathija

98. “Change is neither good nor bad. It creates different situations, and that difference is what we have to understand, embrace and explore as an opportunity.” ― Daniel Egger

99. “Strategic wisdom is an integral and multidimensional intelligence.” ― Pearl Zhu

100. “The strategy is about putting a good team together to give you a multifaceted picture zooming into the business culture.” ― Pearl Zhu

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