To a wise man, the whole earth is open; for the native land of a good soul is the whole earth.

[Ἀνδρὶ σοφῶι πᾶσα γῆ βατή· ψυχῆς γὰρ ἀγαθῆς πατρὶς ὁ ξύμπας κόσμος.]

Democritus (c. 460 BC - c. 370 BC) Greek philosopher
Frag. 247 (Diels) [tr. Freeman (1948)]

Diels citation: "247. (168 N.)"; collected in Joannes Stobaeus (Stobaios) Anthologium III, 40, 7. Alternate translations:

  • "To a wise man the whole earth is accessible; for the home country of a good soul is the whole world." [tr. Barnes (1987)]
  • "The whole earth is open to the wise person, for the entire universe is the country of a good soul." [@sentantiq (2019)]
  • "The whole world is home to a wise man with an upright spirit." [Source]
  • "The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world."

Added on 24-Jul-12 | Last updated 23-Feb-21
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