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Knowledge being impossible, a wise man should practise E7roxi 7 (suspension of judgment).
To be but a hand's-breadth below the surface of the sea ensures drowning as infallibly as to be five hundred fathoms deep. Now the wise man is drawn as perfect.
Catholic in spirit rather than dogmatic, John ranks himself at times among the Academics, " since, in those things about which a wise man may doubt, I depart not from their footsteps."
For the Stoics attached but slight importance to external circumstances, since only the wise man is really free, and all the unwise are slaves.
Beyond this no wise man will go, and short of it hardly any unprejudiced man will stop.