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Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones.
      - Francis Bacon

When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; when they censure you, what good!
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon (p. 205)

O Popular Applause! what heart of man
  Is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 431)

Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life.
      - Elmer Davis

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, in an address

Applause waits on success.
      - Benjamin Franklin

You may fail to shine, in the opinion of others, both in your conversation and actions, from being superior, as well as inferior to them.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

He that applauds him who does not deserve praise, is endeavoring to deceive the public; he that hisses in malice or sport, is an oppressor and a robber.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

The praise we give to new comers into the world arises from the envy we bear to those who are established.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

A universal applause is seldom less than two thirds of a scandal.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
      - Hannah More

Like Cato, give his little senate laws,
  And sit attentive to his own applause.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to the Satires
         (l. 207)

I would applaud thee to the very echo, that should applaud again.
      - William Shakespeare

Such a noise arose as the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest, as loud and to as many tunes,--hats, cloaks, doublets, I think, flew up; and had their faces been loose, this day they had been lost.
      - William Shakespeare

They threw their caps
  As they would hang them on the horns o' the moon,
    Shouting their emulation.
      - William Shakespeare

With these shreds
  They vented their complainings, which being answered
    And a petition granted them, a strange one,
      To break the heart of generosity,
        And make bold power look pale, they threw their caps
          As they would hang them on the horns o' th' moon,
            Shouting their emulation.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Marcius at I, i)

If thou couldst, doctor, cast
  The water of my land, find her disease,
    And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
      I would applaud thee to the very echo,
        That should applaud you again.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, iii)

I'll privily away; I love the people,
  But do not like to stage me to their eyes;
    Though it do well, I do not relish well
      Their loud applause and aves vehement,
        Nor do I think the man of safe discretion
          That does not affect it.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i)

Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. In short, applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable.
      - William Shenstone

Fare ye well, and give us your applause.
  [Lat., Vos valete et plaudite.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        last words of several comedies

Neither human applause nor human censure is to be taken as the test of truth; but either should set us upon testing ourselves.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

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