|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Plutarch (A.D. 46?A.D. c. 120)|
|QUOTATION:||When Hermodotus in his poems described Antigonus as the son of Helios, My valet-de-chambre, said he, is not aware of this. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Of Isis and Osiris.|
No man is a hero to his valet-de-chambre.Marshal Catinat (16371712).
Few men have been admired by their domestics.Montaigne: Essays, book iii. chap. 2.
This phrase, No man is a hero to his valet, is commonly attributed to Madame de Sévigné, but on the authority of Madame Aissé (Letters, edited by Jules Ravenal, 1853) it really belongs to Madame Cornuel. [back]