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The meaning and origin of the expression: East, west, home's best

East, west, home's best

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'East, west, home's best'?

This proverbial saying express the idea that, wherever you travel in the world, your home is the best place to be.

It is a restating of the more familiar 'there's no place like home'.

What's the origin of the phrase 'East, west, home's best'?

This proverb isn't especially old. It first appeared in print in a collection of international proverbs by the English writer Walter Keating Kelly, Proverbs of all Nations, 1859. It appears that Kelly introduced it into English as a translation of an earlier German proverb:

'East and west, at home the best' (German).…Ost und West, daheim das Best. :

The English preacher Charles Spurgeon used a variant of it in John Ploughman’s Talk, 1869:

East and west, Home is best.

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