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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8855 Plutarh AD 46?-AD 120 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:To Harmodius, descended from the ancient Harmodius, when he reviled Iphicrates [a shoemaker’s son] for his mean birth, “My nobility,” said he, “begins in me, but yours ends in you.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. 2 Iphicrates.
Note 1.
I am my own ancestor.—Junot, Duc D’Abrantes (when asked as to his ancestry). [back]
Note 2.
Rejected by some critics as not a genuine work of Plutarch.—Ralph Waldo Emerson. [back]