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Ch. 71 Sentence 1
Beck To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.
Blackney To know that you are ignorant is best; To know what you do not, is a disease; But if you recognize the malady Of mind for what it is, then that is health.
Bynner A man who knows how little he knows is well, A man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.
Byrn Knowing you don't know is wholeness. Thinking you know is a disease. Only by recognizing that you have an illness can you move to seek a cure.
Chan To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. Only when one recognizes this disease as a disease can one be free from the disease.
Cleary To know unconsciously is best. To presume to know what you don't is sick. Only by recognizing the sickness of sickness is it possible to be not sick.
Crowley To know, yet to know nothing, is the highest; not to know, yet pretend to knowledge, is a distemper. Painful is this distemper; therefore we shun it.
Hansen Knowing not to know is better. Not knowing to know is a defect. In general, in only 'defecting' defects, using this is not to 'defect.'
LaFargue "Aware but not aware of it: a high thing." Not aware but aware of it: sick of this. Simply sick of the sickness - and so no longer sick.
Legge To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease. It is simply by being pained at (the thought of) having this disease that we are preserved from it.
Lindauer Knowing, lack of knowing Better, lack of knowing Knowing, a disease.In the end only when the disease is sick Appropriate lack of the disease happens.
LinYutan Who knows that he does not know is the highest; Who (pretends to) know what he does not know is sick-minded. And who recognizes sick-mindedness as sick-mindedness is not sick-minded.
Mabry She who knows that she does not know is the best off. He who pretends to now but doesn't is ill. Only someone who realizes he is ill can become whole.
McDonald To know that you do not know is best. Who knows that he doesn't know is the highest. To know when one doesn't know is best. Who pretends to know what he doesn't know is sick-minded; To think one knows when one doesn't know is a sort of malady. Pretend to know when you don't know - that's a disease. He who recognises this disease as a disease can also cure himself of it [and maybe not]. [One may eventually get free from a disease by recognising it for what it is.] Who recognises sick-mindedness as sick-mindedness can't be wholly sick-minded, after all.
Merel Who recognizes his limitations is healthy; Who ignores his limitations is sick.
Mitchell Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. First realize that you are sick; then you can move toward health.
Muller There is nothing better than to know that you don't know. Not knowing, yet thinking you know - This is sickness. Only when you are sick of being sick Can you be cured.
Red Pine To understand yet not understand is transcendence not to understand yet understand is affliction
Ta-Kao Knowing that one knows is best; Thinking that one knows when one does not know is sickness.
Walker Moving from knowing to not knowing - this is good. Moving from not knowing to knowing - this is sickness. You have to become sick of your sickness before you can get rid of it.
Wayism  
Wieger Knowing all and believing that one knows nothing, is true knowledge (of a superior kind). Knowing nothing and believing that one knows everything, is the common evil of humans. Seeing this evil as an evil, keeps one away from it.
World Acknowledging oneness manifests peace. Acknowledging distinctions manifests confusion. If one is in harmony with disharmony, then one is at peace.
Wu To realize that our knowledge is ignorance, This is a noble insight. To regard our ignorance as knowledge, This is mental sickness. Only when we are sick of our sickness Shall we cease to be sick.


Ch. 71 Sentence 2
Beck The wise are free of disease, because they recognize the disease as a disease. Therefore they are free of disease.
Blackney The Wise Man has indeed a healthy mind; He sees an aberration as it is And for that reason never will be ill.
Bynner A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick And before he catches it his cure is quick.
Byrn The Master is whole because she sees her illnesses and treats them, and thus is able to remain whole.
Chan The sage is free from the disease. Because he recognizes this disease to be disease, he is free from it.
Cleary The sages' freedom from ills was from recognizing the sickness of sickness, so they didn't suffer from sickness.
Crowley The wise man has it not. Knowing it to be bound up with Sorrow, he puts it away from him.
Hansen Sages do not 'defect' because they 'defect' defects. For this reason they do not 'defect.'
LaFargue The Wise Person's lack of this sickness: He became sick of being sick, and so he's no longer sick.
Legge The sage has not the disease. He knows the pain that would be inseparable from it, and therefore he does not have it.
Lindauer Sages lack the disease It happens the disease was sick. Appropriately lack of the disease happens.
LinYutan The Sage is not sick-minded. Because he recognizes sick-mindedness as sick-mindness, Therefore he is not sick-minded.
Mabry The Sage is not ill because she recognizes this illness as illness, Therefore she is not ill.
McDonald The wise man is hardly sick-minded if he recognises sick mind as sick and also cures some diseases. He's hardly a sick mind.
Merel The sage recognizes this sickness as a limitation. And so becomes immune.
Mitchell The Master is her own physician. She has healed herself of all knowing. Thus she is truly whole.
Muller The sage's not being sick Is because she is sick of sickness. Therefore she is not sick.
Red Pine the reason the sage is not afflicted is because he treats affliction as affliction hence he is not afflicted
Ta-Kao Only when one becomes sick of this sickness can one be free from sickness. The Sage is never sick; because he is sick of this sickness, therefore he is not sick.
Walker The sage isn't sick. He's sick of his sickness. Therefore he's not sick.
Wayism  
Wieger The Sage is exempt from self-conceit, because he dreads it. This fear keeps him from it.
World The sage is at peace because she is not confused with the distinctions of harmony and disharmony. The sage is at one with Infinity.
Wu The Sage is not sick, being sick of sickness; This is the secret of health.