A citizen of the world is a person who values his or her global citizenship
above any other local identity, or nationalistic, relationship.
The earliest known expression in history of this value is found in the memory
of the Greek Diogenes of Sinope who lived on or about 412 B.C.
It is said Of Diogenes that asked where he came from, he answered: “I am
a citizen of the world (a cosmopolitan)”.
The Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongundran wrote in the Purananuru, (wherein
he is one of many authors, “To us all towns are one, all men our kin.”
Thomas Paine declared: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren
and to do good is my religion.”
The Bahá’í Faith’s founder’s (Bahá’u’lláh’s) 19th century proclamation:
“The Earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”