Wise men speak because they have something to say;
Fools speak because they have to say something.
Plato (348/347 BC) was a Greek philosopher, as well as mathematician, and an influential figure in Western philosophy. He was Socrates’ student, and founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
The exact time and place of Plato’s birth are not known, but it is certain that he belonged to an aristocratic and influential family. Based on ancient sources, most modern scholars believe that he was born in Athens between 429 and 423 BC. He was instructed in grammar, music, and gymnastics by the most distinguished teachers of his time.He also attended courses of philosophy. Though influenced primarily by Socrates, to the extent that Socrates is usually the main character in many of Plato’s writings, he was also influenced by Heraclitus, Parmenides, and the Pythagoreans.
After the assassination of Dion and the following chaos in his native Sicily, Plato, now completely disgusted with politics, returned to his beloved Academy, where he lived out the last thirteen years of his life. According to Diogenes, Plato was buried at the school he founded (D.L. 3.41). His grave, however, has not yet been discovered by archeological investigations.