So, Jane Duchess of Gordon (wife of the 4th Duke) was a Scottish noble who ALMOST lived to see the Victorian period. I'm getting closer, people, I swear. Anyway, she was very beautiful, wealthy, and high-up on the social ladder, but she was not exactly the most delicate of women. The book where I got the below quote calls her "coarse", but I'd say straight up that she had a nasty mouth on her.
She, being a total snob, was getting upset that titles were being given out too freely, thinking it devalued her own noble status. She was recorded as saying: “’Upon my word . . . one cannot look out of one’s coach window without spitting on a knight.”
On a side note, I'm actually friends with an aristocrat from this family. He doesn't have a title, but his father is a lord and another close relative is . . . high up. Anyway, he loves love loves learning about his lineage, and I love love love it because he comes back and tells me all these wackadoo stories about his 5th great-grandfather, or his cousin eight times removed, or the leader of the Gordon clan who is–I kid you not–called "The Cock of the North". I'm going to see if I can get permission to write some of his stories here. I really don't want to be sued for libel.
Quote found in Grace and Philip Wharton's The Queens of Society, page 299.