Award Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old award quotes, award sayings, and award proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The perfect expression of receiving a lifetime award is to be working when they're handing it out.     

Harold Prince

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own. Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity not only resembles work but is work.     

John Thorn

A plack on the wall won't change the world; it only shows your devotion.     

Shannon L. Alder

Awards and ceremonies are all an applause of discipline.     

Sunday Adelaja

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.     

Jonas Salk

Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.     

Jesse Owens

Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity.     

Charles Ives

The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.     

Robert Graves

The award is destined for scientists who do not fear to touch on some of the darkest aspects of being without betraying what they have achieved. On the contrary, they head in this direction.     

Vaclav Havel

Awards are always a pleasant surprise. They are the candy floss parts of our job a lovely added extra to attract people's attention. The bottom line is that you want to sell tickets.     

Sophie Thompson

The awards season gives a chance for independent films to have a bit of longevity in the press and the media.     

Danny Boyle

Education must award self-confidence, the courage to depend on one's own strength.     

Sai Baba

Awards are like applause, and every actor likes to hear applause.     

Ralph Fiennes

Awards are meaningless for actors, unless they all play the same part.     

Humphrey Bogart

Scars are the awards of success, not the medals.     

Debasish Mridha

Award shows can only be a reflection of the material out there.     

Katherine Phillips

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

Mark Twain

Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.     

Joshua Loth Liebman

Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being.     

Rita Mae Brown

To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing.     

Joshua Lederberg

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.     

Henry Cabot Lodge

Don't work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition.     

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.