It is alleged of Evelyn Waugh (and some others: it may be apocryphal) that a senior officer commented in his personal report : "I can see no reason why soldiers would wish to follow this officer - except, perhaps, out of idle curiosity".
We might expand the thread to include the reportee's reply.
Samuel Beckett, who taught briefly at Campbell College, Belfast (Co. Down's nearest thing to an English public school) in the 1930s, resigned because he was unhappy for various reasons. "What? Leave Campbell?" asked the headmaster. "Mr Beckett, don't you realise that here we teach the cream of Ulster?" "Yes, headmaster. Rich and thick," replied SB.
My last flimsy stated "If this officer had applied himselt to his job as well as he applied himself to finding employment on his release he would have been excellent", and I must admit I left the RN on Friday and started my new job on the Monday