Code of the Sith
this was the basic set of tenets adopted by the Sith, during the centuries leading up to the Great Sith War. In many respects, the Code of the Sith was similar to the Jedi Code, although historians were unsure as to which came first. The Code of the Sith went as follows: "Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion I gain strength. Through strength I gain power. Through power I gain victory. Through victory my chains are broken." What many scholars among the Jedi Order found interesting was that the need for victory was not all-encompassing. Many Sith Lords of the era believed that victory at any cost was not a victory at all, since it often meant the loss of a Dark Jedi in the process. This would reduce their numbers, making it harder to combat the Jedi Knights. Thus, many Sith apprentices were taught leave a fight - or avoid it all together - in order to preserve their ranks.