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This reminds me of a saying we had in high school:

Freshmen know not, and know not that they know not.

Sophomores know not, and know that they know not.

Juniors know, and know not that they know.

Seniors know, and know that they know.




Then you graduate, grow older, perhaps go on to university, grow older still, perhaps marry and have kids, continue to grow older, and if you're lucky...

...you realize that you still "know not that you know not, know that you know not, know not that you know, and know that you know" about most everything.

Thus becoming humble and wise...?


Nope it just stops at know that you know, and then you are a brilliant leader with unconscious competence. People will go on national television to explain how you are so brilliant that you don’t even need to think about it to make the best and most great decisions.


The version of this I first heard in school was:

He knows not and knows not that he knows not is fool. Shun him.

He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student. Teach him.

He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep. Wake him.

He who knows and knows that he knows is wise. Follow him.


Someone said that the wise (person) knows that they know nothing.

I'd prefer to say wisdom is knowing what you know and what you don't, and it's much harder and more valuable than you might think.




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