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The origin of this quote is somewhat disputed. The discrepancy appears to originate from a 1929 publication of the Reader's Digest, which describes the quote ambiguously as a lament on his father's victories, or that Alexander's empire was so large (and spanned most of the civilized world at the time). Some sites attribute this quote as Alexander's last words, but without documentation. A further possibility is that this is a misquotation from Plutarch's Tranquility of the Mind, quoted below.

"Such contentedness and change of view in regard to every kind of life does the infusion of reason bring about. When Alexander heard from Anaxarchus of the infinite number of worlds, he wept, and when his friends asked him what was the matter, he replied, 'Is it not a matter for tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, I have not conquered one?'"

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