We ought not to accept awards for doing what we want. Genuflecting before some eminence turns us into schoolboys. If an award cannot be avoided, we must in the event be at least as graceless and discomBobulated as a certain songwriter. Honours are paltry, offered Keith Richards, displaying a savant’s gift for the perfect word.
A man should keep ten percent to himself—not for himself, to himself. The portion he keeps to himself is his charitable and philanthropic activity. This should not be disclosed. Benevolence without secrecy is self-promotion. Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.
Secret and sacred are intimates. Some men seem instinctively to know that secrecy is a virtue. George Michael knew it.