An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown



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


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


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


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


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


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


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


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We believe that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.


Alfred Jarry (1873-1907, French playwright, author)


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


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


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.


Greil Marcus (1945-, American rock journalist)


They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis [a sheep].


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Applause is a receipt, not a bill.


Artur Schnabel (1882-1951, German-born American pianist)


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