"I'd rather betray the world than let the world betray me." Cao Cao
"The world can do without Cao Hong, but not without you, my lord!" Cao Hong
"What are you waiting for? If I, a leader of rank, can risk my life, cannot you?" Gan Ning
"But do not grieve; so long as I live, I will not allow Wei to come and conquer Shu." Jiang Wei
"If you will not, O Master, what will become of the people?" Liu Bei
"The northern people are riders and the southern people sailors; it is said quite true." Liu Bei
"Do no evilness because it is a small one; do not leave a small deed undone because it is just a petty one." Liu Bei
"You see everything from the point of view of brute courage. You seem not to know the principles of war laid down by Sun Zi and Wu Qi. This display is only meant to entice us into fight. You will see the pretense yourselves in about three days." Lu Xun
"If you could find either Hidden Dragon or Blooming Phoenix, you could restore order in the empire." Sima Hui
"There are five possible operations for any army. If you can fight, fight; if you cannot fight, defend; if you cannot defend, flee; if you cannot flee, surrender; if you cannot surrender, die. " Sima Yi
"Your words, O Wise One, are as gold and precious stones, but I fear that my soldiers will not carry out my commands unless I myself share their dangers." Sun Ce
"Cao Cao may have his Zhang Liao, but I can match him with my friend Gan Ning." Sun Quan
"When a worthy person is born into a turbulent world, he has to be a soldier and gird on a three-span sword to step on the mountains to mend the sky. I have not rendered great service. Why must I die before I have attained my desire?" Taishi Ci
"Essence of my father, blood of my mother, i cannot throw this away," and he proceeds to swallow his own eye. Xiahou Dun
"It is said that the lord's honour is the servant's glory, the lord's sadness is the servant's shame. How can I turn my back on the family I have so long served." Xin Ping
"If I had a son like Sun Ce, I should die without regret." Yuan Shu
"Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win." Zhuge Liang
"Do the unexpected, attack the unprepared." Zhuge Liang
"When a man is in the world, O, He ought to do his best.
And when he's done his best, O. He ought to have his rest.
And when I have my rest, O, I'll quaff my wine with zest.
And when I'm drunk as drunk can be, O, I'll sing the madman's litany." Zhou Yu
"O God, since thou made Zhou Yu, why did thou also create Zhuge Liang?" Zhou Yu
"The noble person who has eaten of his lord's bounty should
die in his lord's battles; to return to one's home dead and wrapped in a horse's
hide is a happy fate. Am I the sort of people to bring to nought the grand
designs of my country?"
"He who wins people, prospers; he who loses them, fails. Your present plan should be to seek humans of high aims and farseeing views, and you can establish yourself firmly." Zhou Yu