Is there a quote that says...?


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I was wondering if there is a famous quotation that essentially says that sometimes you have to wait for your enemy to make the next move.
I'm sure there probably is, but I can't find it (I hardly know where to start looking).
So if anyone could help me that'd be really nice, thanks.
"They've got us surrounded, the poor bastards!"
-Some paratrooper from the 101st at Bastogne

"We're surrounded, that simplifies the problem."
-Chesty Puller

"When you are the anvil, be patient. When you are the hammer, strike."
-Arabian Proverb

Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
--Ferdinand Foch-- at the Battle of the Marne

"One bad general is worth two good ones."
- Napoleon Boneparte,. Made a career of finding, and defeating, inept enemy generals.

Just a few ideas, nothing real solid on the topic, as sitting still waiting for the enemy never really bode all to well as a proactive strategy to win wars. I'd rather this quotation:

"I've heard that he who strikes first can defeat the enemy. He who strikes last will be beaten."
-Rebel general Xiang Liang, Qin Dynasty
I was afraid that might be the case. There probably aren't too many famous quotations involving doing nothing (unfortunately). Maybe something like:
"When you have walls on both sides and a stable nation, let the desperate strike. When you are the desperate one, try and convince your enemy to strike."