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Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.

Joseph Heller (1923-1999) American author.

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) British actor, writer and director.

Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war --for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more.

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.