I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
— Otto von Bismarck
Vir Cotto: "I don't always like the way Londo does things — well, me and most civilized worlds — but you know, sometimes he's right."
Babylon 5, "No Surrender, No Retreat"
Great men, even during their lifetime, are usually known to the public only through a fictitious personality. Hence the modicum of truth in the old saying that no man is a hero to his valet.
— Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion