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For that subject agitates me to such a degree that I can only with difficulty not be unhappy, as I certainly seem worthy of sympathy in your estimation if you have any spirit of human kindness. But why am I so foolish as to torture myself? Or why do I fear when I am supported by so excellent a motive? ' I said. 'Very much,' he replied. ' I said. ' And when he had again been silent for a long time, he answered: 'I don't know whether it is true; but still it is probable. '26 'It seems so,' he replied.
When he, greatly astonished, could not deny it and hastened to inquire what the verse was, Albicerius, who had scarcely ever seen in passing, the school of a grammarian, with great unconcern and in a loud tone of voice did not hesitate to recite the verse. Therefore, were these not human affairs about which he was consulted or did he make such correct and true replies to those who were questioning him, without the 21 This definition was formulated by Cicero. Cf. Tusculanae disputationes, IV, xxvi, 27; De officiis, II, 5.
The Academicians are of the opinion that knowledge cannot be attained by man in so far as those things are concerned which pertain to philosophyfor Carneades said he did not care about other mattersand yet that man can be wise and that the whole duty of a wise man is accomplished in seeking truth, a statement which was also made by you, Licentius, in your argument; the conclusion is that the wise man should not assent to anything; for the fact that it is wrong for a wise man to assent to things that are uncertain, makes it necessary that he be in error.
Against the Academicians by Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine