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  • That object of so much empty mouth-honour, the English classic of the last and earlier centuries, presents himself for classification under three distinct categories.

    Sterne

  • The Highest in rank, at length, without honour from the Lowest; scarcely, with a little mouth-honour, as from tavern-waiters who expect to put it in the bill.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

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  • "And that which should accompany old age,
    As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have, but in their stead
    Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath
    Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not."
    - 'Macbeth', William Shakespeare.

    December 16, 2007