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Cling to truth and it turns into falsehood. Understand falsehood and it turns into truth. Truth and falsehood are two sides of the same coin. Neither accept one nor reject the other.
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As translated in 1,001 Pearls of Wisdom (2006) by David Ross, p. 36

 
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