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Meaning of "He knows what he knows"

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Just watched the last few episodes of The Walking Dead and this phrase came up. As a non-native speaker, I do not really get its meaning.

Can anyone here help me out?

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On 9.11.2016 at 2:12 PM, aleks said:

Can anyone here help me out?

Completely missed this, sorry!

What context was it in, do you remember?

Generally it would mean: He knows a certain amount about something and there is nothing you can do to change that.

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He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool...shun him.

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is willing...teach him.

He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep...awaken him.

He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise...follow him.

No real source for it, arguing between being persian/arabic/chinese proverb.

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You've made me so much more confused now Panda! :(

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