sī to think; to consider

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, xīn heart radical 61]

Note

The top part represents a head (now drawn as a field). Head and heart (as radical) together suggests pondering,
Number of strokes: 9

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Also uses tián component: dài (to respect) diàn (electric) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) huà (to draw) huáng (yellow) jiǎ (first in list) jiāng (border) lèi (tired) léi (thunder) lǐ (inside) māo (cat) mǔ (area) nán (male) shēn (to extend)
Also uses xīn component: cōng (quick at hearing) dé (virtue) dìng (how) è (evil) niàn (to read) nín (you (polite)) xiǎng (to think) yì (idea) yuàn (to hope) zhì (aspiration)

Sounds same

sī (silk) sī (private) sī (silk)

Different tone

sǐ (die) sì (four) sì (snake) sì (to run) sì (Buddhist temple)

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Proverbs

常将有日思无日,莫将无时想有时 cháng jiāng yǒu rì sī wú rì, mò jiāng wú shí xiǎng yǒu shí When rich, you have time to dream, but do not dream of riches when you are poor
学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆 xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài Studying hard is important and gives rewards
饮水思源 yǐn shuǐ sī yuán Do not forget the source of your good fortune (particularly your parents)
月到中秋分外明, 每逢佳节倍思亲 yuè dào zhōng qiū fèn wài míng, měi féng jiā jié bèi sī qīn Longing to see family from far away

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