The perfect expression of receiving a lifetime award is to be working when they're handing it out.
As artists, we do the work that we do. Receiving an award or not receiving an award in no way diminishes one's talent or value.
If you stick around long enough, people start referring to you as a survivor. Suddenly I found myself on the receiving end of several prestigious awards.
I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say something which would be worthy of this impressive and, for me, memorable occasion, and of the ideals and purposes which inspired the Nobel Peace Award.
Lester B. Pearson
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.