The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world
is the highest applause.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is an applause greater than
that of the crowd--one's own.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by
the noise of the acclamation.
Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys. But to move an audience in such a role, to hear in the applause that unmistakable note which breaks through good theatre manners and comes from the heart, is to feel that you have won through to life itself. Such pleasure
does not vanish with the fall of the curtain, but becomes part of one's own life.
Dame Alice Markova
Applause is a receipt,
not a bill.
In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.
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