Should "that" be there or not?

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roseriver1012

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"I came to understand that it was not easy to earn money, and that knowledge could change my life."

Must or mustn't the first "that" be there in the sentence? Or either is ok? Thanks for help!
 

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"I came to understand that it was not easy to earn money, and that knowledge could change my life."

Must or mustn't the first "that" be there in the sentence? Or either is ok? Thanks for help!
It's optional, but I'd leave it in.
 
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