Friday, June 02, 2017

The 36 Stratagems (三十六計/三十六计) - ancient Chinese military classic


The Thirty-Six Stratagems have variably been attributed to Sun Tzu from the Spring and Autumn period of China, or Zhuge Liang of the Three Kingdoms period, but neither are regarded as the true author by historians. Instead, the prevailing view is that the Thirty-Six Stratagems may have originated in both written and oral history, with many different versions compiled by different authors throughout Chinese history. Some stratagems reference occurrences in the time of Sun Bin, approx. 150 years after Sun Wu's death.

The original hand-copied paperback that is the basis of the current version was believed to have been discovered in China's Shaanxi province, of an unknown date and author, and put into print by a local publisher in 1941. The Thirty-Six Stratagems only came to the public's attention after a review of it was published in the Chinese Communist Party's Guangming Daily newspaper on September 16, 1961. It was subsequently reprinted and distributed with growing popularity.

The Thirty-Six Stratagems are divided into a preface, six chapters containing six stratagems each, and an afterword that was incomplete with missing text. The first three chapters generally describe tactics for use in advantageous situations, whereas the last three chapters contain stratagems that are more suitable for disadvantageous situations. The original text of the Thirty-Six Stratagems has a laconic style that is common to Classical Chinese. Each proverb is accompanied by a short comment, no longer than a sentence or two, that explains how said proverb is applicable to military tactics. These 36 Chinese proverbs are related to 36 battle scenarios in Chinese history and folklore, predominantly of the Warring States period and the Three Kingdoms Period.

The Thirty-Six Stratagems consists of 6 chapters, each chapter consists of 6 stratagems.

Chapter 1: Winning Stratagems
  • (勝戰計/胜战计 Shèng zhàn jì)
  • How to win as a general.

Cross the sea without the emperor's knowledge
  • (瞞天過海/瞒天过海, Mán tiān guò hǎi)
  • 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.

Besiege Wèi to rescue Zhào
  • (圍魏救趙/围魏救赵, Wéi Wèi jiù Zhào)
  • 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.

Kill with a borrowed sword
  • (借刀殺人/借刀杀人, Jiè dāo shā rén)
  • Attack using the strength of another (in a situation where using one's own strength is not favourable). Trick an ally into attacking him, bribe an official to turn traitor, or use the enemy's own strength against him. The idea here is to cause damage to the enemy by getting a third party to do the deed.

Wait at leisure while the enemy labors
  • (以逸待勞/以逸待劳, Yǐ yì dài láo)
  • 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. The idea is to have your troops well-prepared for battle, in the same time that the enemy is rushing to fight against you. This will give your troops a huge advantage in the upcoming battle, of which you will get to select the time and place.

Loot a burning house
  • (趁火打劫/趁火打劫, Chèn huǒ dǎ jié)
  • 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. Keep gathering internal information about an enemy. If the enemy is currently in its weakest state ever, attack it without mercy and totally destroy it to prevent future troubles.

Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west
  • (聲東擊西/声东击西, Shēng dōng jī xī)
  • 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. The idea here is to get the enemy to focus his forces in a location, and then attack elsewhere which would be weakly defended.

Chapter 2: Enemy Dealing Stratagems
  • (敵戰計/敌战计, Dí zhàn jì)
  • How to deal with an opponent who is openly your enemy.

Create something from nothing
  • (無中生有/无中生有, Wú zhōng shēng yǒu)
  • A plain lie. Make somebody believe there was something when there is in fact nothing. One method of using this strategy is to create an illusion of something's existence, while it does not exist. Another method is to create an illusion that something does not exist, while it does.

Openly repair the gallery roads, but sneak through the passage of Chencang
  • (明修棧道,暗渡陳倉/明修栈道,暗渡陈仓, Míng xiū zhàn dào, àn dù Chéncāng)
  • Deceive the enemy with an obvious approach that will take a very long time, while surprising him by taking a shortcut and sneak up to him. As the enemy concentrates on the decoy, he will miss you sneaking up to him. This tactic is an extension of the "Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west" tactic. But instead of simply spreading misinformation to draw the enemy's attention, physical baits are used to increase the enemy's certainty on the misinformation. These baits must be easily seen by the enemy, to ensure that they draw the enemy's attention. At the same time, the baits must act as if they are meant to do what they were falsely doing, to avoid drawing the enemy's suspicion.
  • In the present day, "sneak through the passage of Chencang" also has the meaning of having an affair or doing something that is illegal.

Watch the fires burning across the river
  • (隔岸觀火/隔岸观火, Gé àn guān huǒ)
  • Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves. Then go in at full strength and pick up the pieces.

Hide a knife behind a smile
  • (笑裏藏刀/笑里藏刀, Xiào lǐ cáng dāo)
  • Charm and ingratiate yourself with your enemy. When you have gained his trust, move against him in secret.

Sacrifice the plum tree to preserve the peach tree
  • (李代桃僵, Lǐ dài táo jiāng)
  • There are circumstances in which you must sacrifice short-term objectives in order to gain the long-term goal. This is the scapegoat strategy whereby someone else suffers the consequences so that the rest do not.

Take the opportunity to pilfer a goat
  • (順手牽羊/顺手牵羊, Shùn shǒu qiān yáng)
  • While carrying out your plans be flexible enough to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, however small, and avail yourself of any profit, however slight.

Chapter 3: Attacking Stratagems
  • (攻戰計/攻战计, Gōng zhàn jì)
  • Attacking plans

Stomp the grass to scare the snake
  • (打草驚蛇/打草惊蛇, Dá cǎo jīng shé)
  • Do something unaimed, but spectacular ("hitting the grass") to provoke a response of the enemy ("startle the snake"), thereby giving away his plans or position, or just taunt him. Do something unusual, strange, and unexpected as this will arouse the enemy's suspicion and disrupt his thinking. More widely used as "[Do not] startle the snake by hitting the grass". An imprudent act will give your position or intentions away to the enemy.

Borrow a corpse to resurrect the soul
  • (借屍還魂/借尸还魂, Jiè shī huán hún)
  • Take an institution, a technology, a method, or even an ideology that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose. Revive something from the past by giving it a new purpose or bring to life old ideas, customs, or traditions and reinterpret them to fit your purposes.

Lure the tiger off its mountain lair
  • (調虎離山/调虎离山, Diào hǔ lí shān)
  • Never directly attack an opponent whose advantage is derived from its position. Instead lure him away from his position thus separating him from his source of strength.

In order to capture, one must let loose
  • (欲擒故縱/欲擒故纵, Yù qín gū zòng)
  • Cornered prey will often mount a final desperate attack. To prevent this you let the enemy believe he still has a chance for freedom. His will to fight is thus dampened by his desire to escape. When in the end the freedom is proven a falsehood the enemy's morale will be defeated and he will surrender without a fight.

Tossing out a brick to get a jade gem
  • (拋磚引玉/抛砖引玉, Pāo zhuān yǐn yù)
  • Bait someone by making him believe he gains something or just make him react to it ("toss out a brick") and obtain something valuable from him in return ("get a jade gem").

Defeat the enemy by capturing their chief
  • (擒賊擒王/擒贼擒王, Qín zéi qín wáng)
  • If the enemy's army is strong but is allied to the commander only by money, superstition or threats, then take aim at the leader. If the commander falls the rest of the army will disperse or come over to your side. If, however, they are allied to the leader through loyalty then beware, the army can continue to fight on after his death out of vengeance.

Chapter 4: Chaos Stratagems
  • (混戰計/混战计)

Remove the firewood from under the pot
  • (釜底抽薪/釜底抽薪, Fǔ dǐ chōu xīn)
  • Take out the leading argument or asset of someone; "steal someone's thunder". This is the very essence of indirect approach: instead of attacking enemy's fighting forces, the attacks are directed against his ability to wage war.
  • Literally, take the fuel out of the fire.

Disturb the water and catch a fish
  • (渾水摸魚/浑水摸鱼 or 混水摸鱼, Hún shuǐ mō yú)
  • Create confusion and use this confusion to further your own goals.

Slough off the cicada's golden shell
  • (金蟬脱殼/金蝉脱壳, Jīn chán tuō qiào)
  • Mask yourself. Either leave one's distinctive traits behind, thus becoming inconspicuous, or masquerade as something or someone else. This strategy is mainly used to escape from enemy of superior strength.

Shut the door to catch the thief
  • (關門捉賊/关门捉贼, Guān mén zhuō zéi)
  • To capture your enemy, or more generally in fighting wars, to deliver the final blow to your enemy, you must plan prudently if you want to succeed. Do not rush into action. Before you "move in for the kill", first cut off your enemy's escape routes, and cut off any routes through which outside help can reach them.

Befriend a distant state and strike a neighbouring one
  • (遠交近攻/远交近攻, Yuǎn jiāo jìn gōng)
  • Invading nations that border your own territory has a higher chance of success. The battle fields are close to your own country, thus it is easier for your troops to get supply and to defend the conquered land. Make allies with nations far away from you, as it is unwise to invade them.

Obtain safe passage to conquer the State of Guo
  • (假道伐虢/假道伐虢, Jiǎ dào fá Guó)
  • Borrow the resources of an ally to attack a common enemy. Once the enemy is defeated, use those resources to turn on the ally that lent you them in the first place.

Chapter 5: Proximate Stratagems
  • (並戰計)

Replace the beams with rotten timbers
  • (偷梁換柱/偷梁换柱, Tōu liáng huàn zhù)
  • Disrupt the enemy's formations, interfere with their methods of operations, change the rules in which they are used to following, go contrary to their standard training. In this way you remove the supporting pillar, the common link that makes a group of men an effective fighting force.

Point at the mulberry tree while cursing the locust tree
  • (指桑罵槐/指桑骂槐, Zhǐ sāng mà huái)
  • To discipline, control, or warn others whose status or position excludes them from direct confrontation; use analogy and innuendo. Without directly naming names, those accused cannot retaliate without revealing their complicity.

Feign madness but keep your balance
  • (假痴不癲/假痴不癫, Jiǎ chī bù diān)
  • Hide behind the mask of a fool, a drunk, or a madman to create confusion about your intentions and motivations. Lure your opponent into underestimating your ability until, overconfident, he drops his guard. Then you may attack.

Remove the ladder when the enemy has ascended to the roof
  • (上屋抽梯, Shàng wū chōu tī)
  • With baits and deceptions, lure your enemy into treacherous terrain. Then cut off his lines of communication and avenue of escape. To save himself, he must fight both your own forces and the elements of nature.

Deck the tree with false blossoms
  • (樹上開花/树上开花, Shù shàng kāi huā)
  • Tying silk blossoms on a dead tree gives the illusion that the tree is healthy. Through the use of artifice and disguise, make something of no value appear valuable; of no threat appear dangerous; of no use appear useful.

Make the host and the guest exchange roles
  • (反客為主/反客为主, Fǎn kè wéi zhǔ)
  • Usurp leadership in a situation where you are normally subordinate. Infiltrate your target. Initially, pretend to be a guest to be accepted, but develop from inside and become the owner later.

Chapter 6: Desperate Stratagems
  • (敗戰計)

The beauty trap (Honeypot)
  • (美人計/美人计, Měi rén jì)
  • Send your enemy beautiful women to cause discord within his camp. This strategy can work on three levels. First, the ruler becomes so enamoured with the beauty that he neglects his duties and allows his vigilance to wane. Second, the group of men will begin to have issues if the desired women courts another man, thus creating conflict and aggressive behavior. Third, other females at court, motivated by jealousy and envy, begin to plot intrigues further exacerbating the situation.

The empty fort strategy
  • (空城計/空城计, Kōng chéng jì)
  • When the enemy is superior in numbers and your situation is such that you expect to be overrun at any moment, then drop all pretense of military preparedness, act calmly and taunt the enemy, so that the enemy will think you have a huge ambush hidden for them. It works best by acting calm and at ease when your enemy expects you to be tense. This ploy is only successful if in most cases you do have a powerful hidden force and only sparsely use the empty fort strategy.

Let the enemy's own spy sow discord in the enemy camp
  • (反間計/反间计, Fǎn jiàn jì)
  • Undermine your enemy's ability to fight by secretly causing discord between him and his friends, allies, advisors, family, commanders, soldiers, and population. While he is preoccupied settling internal disputes, his ability to attack or defend is compromised.

Inflict injury on oneself to win the enemy's trust
  • (苦肉計/苦肉计, Kǔ ròu jì)
  • Pretending to be injured has two possible applications. In the first, the enemy is lulled into relaxing his guard since he no longer considers you to be an immediate threat. The second is a way of ingratiating yourself with your enemy by pretending the injury was caused by a mutual enemy.

Chain stratagems
  • (連環計/连环计, Lián huán jì)
  • In important matters, one should use several stratagems applied simultaneously after another as in a chain of stratagems. Keep different plans operating in an overall scheme; however, in this manner if any one strategy fails, then the chain breaks and the whole scheme fails.

If all else fails, retreat
  • (走為上策/走为上策, Zǒu wéi shàng ce)
  • If it becomes obvious that your current course of action will lead to defeat, then retreat and regroup. When your side is losing, there are only three choices remaining: surrender, compromise, or escape. Surrender is complete defeat, compromise is half defeat, but escape is not defeat. As long as you are not defeated, you still have a chance. This is the most famous of the stratagems, immortalized in the form of a Chinese idiom: "Of the Thirty-Six Stratagems, fleeing is best" (三十六計,走为上計).

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

14 GIFs of Gracie Jiujitsu's United Airlines Arm Drag Defenses

By now, I'm sure you have heard about the United Airlines passenger that was dragged off his flight against his will.

Props to Rener and Ryron Gracie for their Gracie breakdown which included 6 defenses from Gracie Jiujitsu vs the Arm Drag. I took the liberty to make 14 animated GIFs of the techniques.

First their video:

Without further ado, below are 14 GIFs I've made of the realtime as well as slowmo speed of the techniques.




Triangle choke

Helicopter armbar

Double ankle pick

Tornado spin to inverted heelhook

Standing guillotine choke

Bonus GIF :)

Hope you need not use these techniques in your air travels :)

Friday, May 26, 2017

My blog and it's Facebook page hit 2 milestones

It truly humbles me that this blog and its Facebook Page hit 2 milestones.

My deepest gratitude to you, the readers of this blog and to the Facebook users!! THANK YOU!!!

Here are 2 links that gives you a flavor of this blog ... the "Stickgrappler Experience" if you will:

I've slowed down to a snail's crawl in 2015 and 2016 and my deepest apologies on that. 2017 is picking up steam again though! Please continue to join me in my Sojourn of Septillion Steps!

Here's to the next milestones!  Cheers!

The Universe is speaking to me! Time to reread Trevanian's "Shibumi"!!

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The Universe is speaking to me!

I read Trevanian's "Shibumi" in the early 1980's as a teenager.

Fast forward to October 24, 2014 - Keanu Reeve's "John Wick" showed a guard reading Shibumi.

Fast forward yet again to USA Network's "Shooter" season 1 episode 2 which aired November 22, 2016 and Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, a former Marine sniper, was going through a trunk that belonged to his deceased spotter. Yep! You guessed it ... Swagger came across a copy of Shibumi!

Shibumi tells the story of Nicholai Hel, who is the world’s most wanted man. Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father and is the protégé of a Japanese Go master. Hel survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artful lover and its most accomplished—and well-paid—assassin. Hel is a genius, a mystic, and a master of language and culture, and his secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection known only as shibumi.

Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his exquisite mistress, Hel is unwillingly drawn back into the life he’d tried to leave behind when a beautiful young stranger arrives at his door, seeking help and refuge. It soon becomes clear that Hel is being tracked by his most sinister enemy—a supermonolith of international espionage known only as the Mother Company. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other . . . shibumi.

What is the common thread of all 3 stories? The world's best assassin tries to leave his former life but is dragged back in and is now the world's most wanted man.

Time to reread Shibumi :)

The Universe is speaking to me!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chow Yun-fat - Hard Boiled - 辣手神探 (1992) (Full movie)

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Posting Hard Boiled movie in honor of Chow Yun-fat's 62nd birthday!


Hard Boiled (Chinese: 辣手神探; pinyin: Làshǒu shéntàn) is a 1992 Hong Kong action film directed by John Woo. The film stars Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Tony, an undercover cop, and Anthony Wong as Johnny Wong, a leader of criminal triads. The film features Tequila, whose partner (Bowie Lam) is killed in a tea house gunfight with a small army of gangsters. One of the mob's high-ranking assassins is the undercover cop Tony, who must team up with Tequila for their common pursuit of taking down Wong's crime syndicate. The film leads up to a climax in a hospital, where the two must rescue innocent civilians and newborn babies from the maternity ward while fighting off dozens of mob hitmen.

In Cantonese with English subtitles.


  • Bodycount: 307
  • John Woo had previously been criticized for glamorizing gangsters in his films, so he decided to make this film glamorizing the police.
  • During the filming of the scene in which Tequila is running down the exploding hallway with the baby, John Woo wasn't satisfied that the explosions were big and frightening enough in the scene. According to Woo in his Dragon Dynasty DVD interview, he asked the special effects technicians to reset the explosives and give him the trigger. When Yun-Fat Chow ran down the hall, Woo immediately set the explosives off, nearly incinerating Chow, who barely made it. According to Woo, Yun-Fat Chow exclaimed to the producer afterwards "John's trying to kill me! John's trying to kill me!". When Woo heard Chow screaming, he went up to apologize to Chow and saw that the back of his head and coat were in fact singed from the explosions.
  • Using the shotgun in the rose box was an original idea in both this film and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). It is a coincidence that they both came up with it at the same time. Its appearance in this film is not a reference to or a copy of "Terminator 2". It was used in two influential earlier films: Dog Day Afternoon (1975) when Al Pacino's character brings a rifle into the bank, and before that in Stanley Kubrick's film noir classic The Killing (1956), when the gang smuggles their heist gun into the track locker room hidden in a box of roses.
  • More than 200 guns were used in the film, all of which were real. Due to Hong Kong's strict gun laws, the weapons had to be imported specially from England and inspected by the HK police before they could be used on set. The production also had to import a substantial quantity of blank ammunition; in total, over 100,000 rounds of blank ammunition would be fired during the filming of the movie.
  • The now famous long take of Tequila and Alan shooting through two floors full of henchmen in the hospital lasts 2 minutes, 43 seconds.
  • Because of the shooting schedule, the crew only had one chance to perform the continuous take during the gun-battle in the hospital.
  • Many of Tequila's mannerisms (such playing the clarinet) were taken from a real cop John Woo interviewed for the film. Tequila's love of jazz is taken from Woo himself.
  • The scene at the jazz bar after the teahouse shootout was added on the last day of shooting. Yun-Fat Chow wanted to have a scene that showed his real-life friendship with John Woo. The scene was scripted and shot in less than a hour.
  • Like many of John Woo's other films, elements of the film's action sequences were improvised, such as the famous "staircase slide" in the teahouse. Yun-Fat Chow came up with the idea of using flour in the climax of the teahouse shootout.
  • Originally, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok (Mad Dog) [best known as The Lizard of Five Venoms] was not supposed to have an acting role in the film, instead just working as the action director. But John Woo was a fan of Kwok's acting work from the 70's and he felt Johnny Wong would not project enough of a real threatening presence, so he wrote in the character of Mad Dog and offered Kwok the part.
  • Inspector Tequila is based on fictional super cops Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry franchise and Det. Lt. Frank Bullitt from the Bullitt (1968), portrayed by Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen. Like Tequila, they are portrayed as "all guys, no glory" heroes. Both fictional cops were inspired by real life SFPD Homicide Det Steve Toschi who gained fame as the lead investigator in the "Zodiac" homicides. Therefore, Tequila is the third movie cop to be inspired by and based on Toschi.
  • John Woo wanted a jazz soundtrack in The Killer (1989), but was overruled by Hark Tsui. He got to do that here.
  • The film took 123 days to shoot.
  • The hospital scenes took 40 days to shoot.
  • The statue that Tequila and the other police officers worshipped in the police station is of Guan Yu (aka: General Kwan, Taoist God of War). Guan Yu was a great military general, later an Emperor, during the Eastern Han Dynasty who was deified as early as the Sui Dynasty. Even today, General Kwan (in Cantonese, he is referred to as Kwan Gong) is still worshipped among Chinese people. Because Guan Yu is a guardian deity that exemplifies bravery, righteousness, leadership, protection and triumph, he is commonly worshipped by Chinese law enforcement agencies so that Guan Yu's blessings will protect them in life and in work. In Hong Kong, every police station has a shrine dedicated to Guan Yu (though worship of Guan Yu is not enforced). In the film's subtitle track, Guan Yu/Kwan Gong is incorrectly referred to as "Guana".
  • Anthony Chau-Sang Wong wasn't happy with the film as he thought that his character, Johnny Wong, was a two-dimensional and thinly characterized villain. He also considered John Woo hard to work with.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The 19 Rules of Jason Bourne

In Robert Ludlum's Bourne series, we learn some of Jason Bourne's tradecraft rules. "Tradecraft" is the favored term over the older term "spycraft".

For your consideration, some rules/aspects of tradecraft can be used for the common man's self-defense. After all, a spy/secret agent, like the samurai of old, live with the possibility of death daily. They needed some rules of thumb for their survival.

Hope these help!

  1. You are not helpless. You will find your way. (The Bourne Identity pg 43, 88)
  2. Instinct. Follow your instincts, reasonably, of course. (The Bourne Identity pg 88)
  3. Don’t crucify yourself. (The Bourne Identity pg 43)
  4. Nothing can be disregarded. (The Bourne Identity pg 123)
  5. To blend in, change your appearance, your hair your face.
  6. Read the newspapers every day. (The Bourne Identity pg 174)
  7. Stay controlled. (The Bourne Identity pg 289)
  8. The success of any trap lies in its fundamental simplicity. The reverse trap by the nature of its single complication must be swift and simpler still. (The Bourne Identity pg 470)
  9. Use an advantage given to you. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 84)
  10. Do the unexpected. Confuse the enemy, throw him off balance. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 166)
  11. Don’t run. Running identifies you as a target.
  12. Opportunities will present themselves. Recognize them, act on them. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 390)
  13. Don’t make your moves when you’re tired or exhausted. Rest is a weapon. Use it. Don’t forget it. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 481)
  14. Work on the visual. It’s more effective than anything else. People will draw the conclusions you want on the basis of what they see far more than from the most convincing lies you can tell them.(The Bourne Supremacy pg 175)
  15. Study everything. You’ll find something you can use. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 501)
  16. The cleanest escape is one done in stages, using whatever confusion there is. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 179)
  17. Establish a benign contact as soon as you can. Especially in an unfamiliar face where there could be hostility. The contact could give you the opportunity or the time you need. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 222)
  18. Avoid elevators whenever you can. They’re traps. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 270)
  19. Your first reflections are the best, the most accurate, because the impressions are stored in your head, like the information in a data bank. That’s what your head is. (The Bourne Supremacy pg 270)

Deepest gratitude to Twist for compiling this list. I took the liberty to add page references where I could find them. Only missing 2 :(


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