Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE)
“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”
- This saying, attributed to Socrates, was recorded in Plato’s Apology (section 29a). The translation used here is by G. M. A. Grube, revised by John M. Cooper (Hackett Publishing, 2000).