Yi Qiu was known as the most famous expert at chess throughout the land.
Once he gave lessons on chess to two men.
One of them was completely absorbed in his teaching, listening attentively to Yi Qiu while the other, who seemed to be listening, had his mind on something else.
In fact, he was having a fancy that a swan was flying towards him and he had in his hands abow and an arrow, ready to shoot.
As a result, though he was having the same lesson together with the first man, yet he turned out a much inferior student.
If one is not concentrating on his study, no skills will be learned.
Li Lin-fu was a prime minister of China during the T'ang dynasty (唐朝, 618—907AD).
He was good at both calligraphy and painting, but had a crafty and sinister personality which made him disliked by everyone.
Li Lin-fu would bribe the palace eunuchs and concubines to tell him what the emperor liked, and then would immediately go prepare that thing for the emperor. The emperor was therefore very fond of Li Lin-fu, and trusted him unduly.
One time, the minister Li Shr-jr offended Li Lin-fu. Li Lin-fu pretended not to care, and was in fact especially nice to the minister.
Then on a day, he told Li Shr-jr about some gold that was hidden over in Hua Mountain, and encouraged him to suggest mining this gold to the emperor.
Li Shr-jr being of an honest and upright disposition, believed that it was true, and immediately went and told the emperor.
But when the emperor began to discuss this with Li Lin-fu, Li Lin-fu acted very frightened and said,
"Hua Mountain in the place where all of Your Majesty's auspicious aurora are gathered. If we were to mine that area, it could be very dangerous for you. Who is it that wants to harm you?”
Today we can describe someone who is two-faced and always nice on the outside and yet is mean to people behind their backs as having "Honey in the Mouth and Swords in the Stomach."
Long ago, there lived a man named Guo Han.
It was a hot summer. He couldn't fall asleep in his bedroom, so he went into the yard to sleep.
因为夏天天热， 在屋子里无法入睡， 就到院子里去睡觉。
Not long after he lay down he saw a woman dressed in white floating down from the sky.
She said to him: "I am the celestial weaver."
Looking at her Guo Han noticed that there were no seams in her garments.
He thought this was very strange.
He asked her: "Why are there no seams in your clothes?"
She answered: "The garments of the immortals are not made with a needle and thread. How would they have seams?"