On the matter of intellectual status…

My physics tutor, Mr. Ranchagoda, had the following wisdom to impart:

නොදන්නේද නොදන්නා බව නොදන්නේද මෝඩයෙකි පරිහාස කරව
නොදන්නේද නොදන්නා බව දන්නේද බුද්ධිමතෙකි උගන්වව
දන්නේද දන්නා බව නොදන්නේද නිදන්නෙකි අවදි කරව
දන්නේද දන්නා බව දන්නේද උගතෙකි ඇසුරු කරව

Translation

The one that does not know and does not know that he does not know is an idiot;
Shun him
The one that does not know and knows that he does not know is a wise man;
Teach him
The one that knows and does not know that he knows is a sleeper;
Wake him
The one that knows and knows that he knows is an intelligent man;
Befriend him

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