Of old those who were the best rulers were subtly mysterious and profoundly penetrating; Too deep to comprehend. And because they cannot be comprehended, I can only describe them arbitrarily: Cautious, like crossing a frozen stream in the winter, Alert, like one fearing danger on all sides, Reserved, like one visiting, Yielding, like ice about to melt, Genuine, like a piece of uncarved wood, Open and broad, like a valley, Merged and undifferentiated, like muddy water.