real is just a matter of perception -> δόκος δ' ἐπὶ πᾶσι τέτυκται (Xenophanes fr. 34)


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Hi there! I'm new as I've been doing some research for a tattoo for a while and have decided on the phrase - "real is just a matter of perception".
Any help with translation would be greatly appreciated. If more context is needed, just let me know. Thanks!
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Perhaps no Greek philosopher expressed this thought more succinctly than the pre-Socratic Xenophanes of Colophon, who wrote in fragment 34.4 of his great elegiac poem:

δόκος δ' ἐπὶ πᾶσι τέτυκται                         ( ΔΟΚΟΣ ΔΕ ΕΠΙ ΠΑΣΙ ΤΕΤΥΚΤΑΙ )

— literally, "Perception is wrought upon all things;" that is, "All things are a matter of perception."
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