"Take him some flowers and tell him you love Plato"
Plato (with mistaken inscription)
Creative Commons AttributionPlato - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen

 Plato, alongside Socrates and Aristotle, laid the foundations of the Western philosophical tradition. Probably born in Athens or Aegina in around 429-423 BC, Plato was taught by Socrates, and eventually founded the Academy, one of the earliest known schools, in Athens. He wrote on a wide number of subjects including metaphysics, politics, and epistemology, as well as publishing the Socratic dialogues, based on his recollections of Socrates' teaching.