The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping .
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
Expressions of disapproval are on a level of vulgarity that cannot be tolerated. The way to express disapproval is to do without applause.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
—Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780–1832) English Clergyman, Aphorist
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
—Edmund Burke (1729–97) British Philosopher, Statesman
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.
—Judy Garland (1922–69) American Actress, Singer
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 Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–99) German Philosopher, Physicist
If you achieve success, you will get applause, and if you get applause, you will hear it. My advice to you concerning applause is this; enjoy it but never quite believe it.
—Robert Montgomery (1904–81) American Film, Television Actor, Director, Producer