Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
—Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) English Angelic Priest, Writer, Collector
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.
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 Scientist, Critic, Writer
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
Expressions of disapproval are on a level of vulgarity that cannot be tolerated. The way to express disapproval is to do without applause.