12 Copywork Suggestions from The Art of War

Copywork or or short dictation: all these sentences are from The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The short dictation is my own suggest if you are beginning a CM approach with an older student- age 10 or older, who has not done studied dictation before.

1. We attack, and the enemy cannot resist, because we attack his insufficiency; we retire, and the enemy cannot pursue, because we retire too quickly.

2. War should not be undertaken because the lord is in a moment of passion. The general must not fight because there is anger in his heart.

3. In fact, there never has been a country which has benefited from a prolonged war.
4. Generals must be on their guard against blind impetuosity, which leads to death.
5. Generals must be on their guard against over-cautiousness, which leads to capture.
6. Generals must be on their guard against quick temper, which brings insult.
7. Generals must be on their guard against a too rigid propriety, which invites disgrace.
8. Generals must be on their guard against over-regard for the troops; which causes inconvenience.

9. “In the popular estimation of generals, courage alone is regarded; nevertheless, courage is but one of the qualifications of the leader. Courage is heedless in encounter; and rash encounter, which is ignorant of the consequences, cannot be called good.
10. The accompanying warriors must be treated well, so that, while the enemy is beaten, our side increases in strength.
11. Now the object of war is victory; not lengthy operations, even skilfully conducted.
12. The good general is the lord of the people’s lives, the guardian of the country’s welfare

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