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Poverty indeed is the strenuous life, without brass bands or uniforms or hysteric popular applause or lies or circumlocutions. - William James
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and gain applause which he cannot keep. -
The applause of a single human being is of great consequence. -
Neither human applause nor human censure is to be taken as the test of truth; but either should set us upon testing ourselves. - Richard Whately
Man may content himself with the applause of the world and the homage paid to his intellect, but woman’s heart has holier idols. - George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann or Marian Evans
One’s true happiness depends more upon one’s own judgment of one’s self, or a consciousness of rectitude in action and intention, and the approbation of those few, who judge impartially, than upon the applause of the unthinking, undiscerning multitude, who are apt to cry Hosanna today, and tomorrow, Crucify him. - Benjamin Franklin
The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. -
The wise man endeavors to shine in himself; the fool to outshine others. The first is humbled by the sense of his own infirmities, the last is lifted up by the discovery of these which he observes in other men. The wise man considers what he wants, and the fool what he abounds in. The wise man is happy when he gains his own approbation, and the fool when he recommends himself to the applause of those about him. - Joseph Addison
Many people consider the happiest days in their lives when they received the applause and acclaim of others. But the fact they needed someone else’s approval for their happiness makes them dependent on others. Someone who can find happiness even when he is insulted is assured of having a happy life. Once a person knows that he is able to experience positive feelings even when insulted, he is free from the fear of what people might say to him. This can give a persona feeling of liberation. If you believe someone else’s words cannot hurt you, they won’t. - Zelig Pliskin
At least two requirements are involved in the formation of a genuine conviction: adequate information and the knowledge that one's decision has an effect. Opinions formed by the powerless onlooker do not express his or her conviction, but are a game, analogous to expressing a preference for one brand of cigarette over another. For these reasons the opinions expressed in polls and in elections constitute the worst, rather than the best, level of human judgment...Without information, deliberation, and the power to make one's decision effective, democratically expressed opinion is hardly more than the applause at a sports event. - Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm
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