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 for the X that can be Y is not the true X
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  the X that can be Y is not the true X
  
  
      Yet another instance of hackerdom's peculiar attraction to mystical
      references ? a common humorous way of making exclusive statements about a
      class of things. The template is from the Tao te Ching: ?The Tao which can
      be spoken of is not the true Tao.? The implication is often that the X is a
      mystery accessible only to the enlightened. See the trampoline entry for
      an example, and compare has the X nature.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  the X that can be Y is not the true X
  
     Yet another instance of hackerdom's peculiar attraction to
     mystical references - a common humorous way of making
     exclusive statements about a class of things.  The template is
     from the "Tao te Ching": "The Tao which can be spoken of is
     not the true Tao."  The implication is often that the X is a
     mystery accessible only to the enlightened.  See the
     trampoline entry for an example, and compare has the X
     nature.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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