I’ve found myself saying I know something but I don’t believe it, or I believe it but I don’t know it. So I started to think about what exactly it was I meant by that. Here’s what I got:
When I know something, I have deemed it true. When I believe something, I behave as though it is true (i.e. I act upon the assumption that something is true).
Here are some examples:
I know that I am right but I don’t believe that I am.
I believe in souls but I don’t know that souls exist.
I know I’m pretty but I don’t believe I am.
I find the distinction an interesting nuance so I thought I’d share. I would love to hear from you if you experience the same dichotomy.