Plato circa 428 – 347 BC was a philosopher in Classical Greece. 
He founded the Academy in Athens, the first institute of higher learning in the western world. 
‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ 
‘Death is not the worst that can happen to men’ 
‘Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another’ 
‘No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death’ 
‘Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself’ 
‘A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men’ 
‘The measure of a man is what he does with power’ 
‘There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain’ 
‘Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil’ 
‘We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light’ 
‘Love is a serious mental disease’ 
‘I have hardly ever known a mathematician who is capable of reasoning’ 
‘Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge’ 
‘Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance’ 
‘Only the dead have seen the end of war’ 
‘Never discourage anyone, who continually makes progress, no matter how slow’ 
‘Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something’ 
‘The beginning is the most important part of the work’ 
‘Courage is knowing what not to fear’ 
‘The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery’ 
‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet’ 
‘People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die’ 
‘Education is teaching our children to desire the right things’ 
‘I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing’ 
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