Tao Te Ching – Verse 71 – Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease.

71
Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health.

The Master is her own physician.
She has healed herself of all knowing.
Thus she is truly whole.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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To know that you do not know is highest
To not know but think you know is flawed

Only when one recognizes the fault as a fault
can one be without fault

The sages are without fault
Because they recognize the fault as a fault
That is why they are without fault

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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If nothing else,
Know you do not know.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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