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Knowing, Doing, & Being

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Thinking Is Not Self

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” —Socrates


What Is Not Self?

  • I am not knowing the thinking.
  • I am not doing the thinking.
  • I am not being the thinking.
  • I am hosting the thinking.

What Is Self?

  • Know the inner place.
  • Do the inner space.

Be the relation of the inner place and space to the contents of the space and place (energy, sensations, feelings, thoughts).


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Quotations from Various Sources

“Energy will do anything that can be done in this world.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.” —Socrates, in Plato’s Apology

“I have the ability to be but not to know or do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often.” —Donald Rumsfeld

“Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.” —Sophocles, Ajax

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” —John Lennon

“The novice who knows he is just that, has a small amount of wisdom. But the novice who thinks he is wise, is a fool.” —Dhammapada: The Novice, verse 63

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” —Socrates

“What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of thinking that one knows.” —Epictetus, Discourses

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