Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (180382)
Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
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).