As a prudent man, he is not much disturbed by invitations which carry their obvious and certain penalties ; what shakes him is the enticement bare of any probable secular retribution. Ergo, the worst and damndest indulgence is that which goes unwhipped.
[Being peppered with invitations to travel far and wide to give lectures] has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then people clamour for you to make speeches and tell them what you think about the world.j. m. coetzee
Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.Kenneth Grahame