Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


No man is a hero to his valet.
French Saying.

[But it may be traced to an earlier period. Ramage’s Thoughts from the French.]

His mien, his speech,
Were sweetly simple———
But, when the matter match’d his mighty mind,
Up rose the hero; on his piercing eye
Sat observation; on each glance of thought
Decision followed.
Home.—Douglas, Act III. Scene 1.