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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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On 12/5/2016 at 6:40 AM, Blainie said:

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

So basically if someone is an idiot and thinks they are brilliant ignore them

If they are an idiot aware they are an idiot and want help teach them

if someones an idiot and they are oblivious to being an idiot, tell them hey bro you are stupid

then if someone is intelligent and is aware of it try to learn from him

 

So basically know who to trust/learn from, who to ignore, and who to help. A good piece of advice

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1 hour ago, demonardvark said:

if someones an idiot and they are oblivious to being an idiot, tell them hey bro you are stupid

If you are referring to the third sentence, shouldn't it something like "If one is smart, but does not realise it, you should tell them so"?

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5 hours ago, positiv2 said:

If you are referring to the third sentence, shouldn't it something like "If one is smart, but does not realise it, you should tell them so"?

oh yurp you are right i misread it i read if if one is smart not and does not realize it you should tell them . correct sentence makes the proverb much nicer XD 

thus any chance of me sounding profound or elegant does down the toilet

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