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AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON,The American Scholar,” oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 31, 1837.—Nature, Addresses and Lectures (vol. 3 of The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 100 (1906).
SUBJECTS: Greatness