Its not what you know, it's who you know.


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I'm writing a children's book and my main character is a little girl who is friends with the ghost of a Roman soldier. In one scene a man asks her to translate a Latin phrase meaning, "This book is free" (referring to a library book). Of course, her Roman soldier friend helps her to successfully do this, and when the man asks in astonishment how she knew, I want her to reply in Latin, "It's not what you know, it's who you know".

Could anyone help with the two phrases in quotes above, please?


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This book is free: Hic liber gratuitus est.

It's not what you know, but who you know: Non refert quae noveris, sed quos.