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My valet-de-chambre sings me no such song.
      - Antigonus I ("The Cyclops") (Antigonius)

The hero is the world-man, in whose heart
  One passion stands for all, the most indulged.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus--Proem
         (l. 114)

As the master so the valet. (Like master, like man.)
  [Fr., Fel maltre, tel valet.]
      - attributed to Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard,
        by M. Ciniber

Of two heroes, he who esteems his rivals the most is the greatest.
      - Laurent la Beaumelle

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Ferryman ho! In the night so black
  Hark to the clank of iron;
    'Tis heroes of the Yser,
      'Tis sweethearts of glory,
        'Tis lads who are unafraid!
          Ferryman ho!
      - Lucien Boyer, La Maison du Passeur

A hero is--as though one should say--a man of high achievement, who performs famous exploits--who does things that are heroical, and in all his actions and demeanor is a hero indeed.
      - Henry Brooke

Whoever, with an earnest soul,
  Strives for some end from this low world afar,
    Still upward travels though he miss the goal,
      And strays--but towards a star.
      - William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Sir Henry Bulwer

Yes, Honor decks the turf that wraps their clay.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I want a hero: an uncommon want,
  When every year and month sends forth a new one.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 1)

Heroes, it would seem, exist always and a certain worship of them.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of all heroes is One--whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth.
      - Thomas Carlyle

There needs not a great soul to make a hero; there needs a God-created soul which will be true to its origin; that will be a great soul.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship
         (lecture I)

If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship
         (lecture IV)

Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Sartor Resartus--Organic Filaments

A man must indeed be a hero to appear such in the eyes of his valet.
  [Fr., Il faut etre bien heros pour l'etre aux yeux de son valet-de-chambre.]
      - Marshal Nicolas Catinat

He's of stature somewhat low--
  Your hero always should be tall, you know.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 1,029)

Heroes are a mischievous race.
      - Jeremy Collier

It were well if there were fewer heroes; for I scarcely ever heard of any, excepting Hercules, but did more mischief than good. These overgrown mortals commonly use their will with their right hand; and their reason with their left.
      - Jeremy Collier

Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
      - Calvin Coolidge

No man is a hero to his valet.
  [Fr., Il n'y a pas de grand homme pour son valet-de-chambre.]
      - Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel,
        see Mlle. Aisse "Letters", 161 (Paris, 1853)

Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there. But if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry.
      - George William Curtis

Our heroes of the former days deserved and gained their never-fading bays.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

The legacy of heroes--the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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