Honours

  • Dignity consists not in possessing honours, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.


    Deserving, Dignity, Honours, Self-Consciousness

  • There is no stronger craving in the world than that of the rich for titles, except perhaps that of the tilted for riches.


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  • Your official signature ‘Archibald the Arctic’ is the most romantic signature in the world and just one point ahead of ‘William of Argyll and the Isles’.
    [to the first Bishop of the Arctic 1937]


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  • People fail you, children disappoint you, thieves break in, moths corrupt, but an OBE goes on forever.


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  • I had another convulsion of pleasure when Yale made me a Doctor of Literature, because I was not competent to doctor anybody’s literature but my own.


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  • The Cross of the Legion of Honour has been conferred upon me. However, few escape that distinction.


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  • A very useful institution. It fosters a wholesome taste for bright colours and gives old men who have good legs an excuse for showing them.
    [on the Order of the Garter]


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  • I can’t see the sense in it really. It makes me a Commander of the British Empire. They might as well make me a Commander of Milton Keynes. At least that exists.


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  • Someone has to accept one otherwise there would be shelves full of them left.
    [on receiving an OBE]


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  • Gongs and medals and ribbons really belong on a Christmas tree.


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  • Members of the civil service orders rise from CMG ( sometimes known in Whitehall as ‘Call me God’) to KCMG ( ‘Kindly call me God’) to –for a select few Governors and super Ambassadors, GCMG( God calls me God’).


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  • Honours won are sureties of more to be won.


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  • When I want a peerage I shall buy one like any honest man.


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