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We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?

William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.