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A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
We believe... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
I've never been one for late nights, which is why I have always preferred making films to theatre. A play takes over your life: you start to feel sick at lunchtime, and by mid-afternoon, you're wishing for a bomb scare so the whole thing will be called off. Of course, if the evening goes well and you get the applause, then it's wonderful.
Old men need applause too.
The first time I acted was in high school in Florida, and when I heard that applause I felt so alive and felt that electricity go up my spine.
I know my body. What happened is that I got so caught up in the applause I forgot how I should dance. All my life I've been what others wanted - in dancing and in life. Now I'm doing it my way.
Evil report carries further than any applause.
Right after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, amid all the cheers and applause, there were a few critical comments questioning the legality of the act.
Nobody kicks on being interrupted if it's by applause.
O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
Well, I'm not one of those people who needs the limelight. If I'm performing, that's what I'm doing. If I'm not, I don't long for it. I don't need the approval of an audience, or applause.
People go into politics because they want the affirmation, and they want the applause.
You hit a certain age, and you haven't died yet, and you become an elder statesman. I think I get a lot of applause because I'm not keeling over.
The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.
Behind the footlights there is always the applause, which stimulates the actors. On the screen it is a different matter.
The most remarkable moment is when you go out on the stage and you hear the applause of the audience!
The lights go down, you hear the applause and you're up there, and then everything else is forgotten.
For anyone who works in front of an audience there is no thrill quite like that of feeling and hearing the evidence of the audience members' enjoyment. Laughter and applause really are powerful.
I still sing because I love the sound of applause, because it's who I am, and because I still can.
I'd get more applause than some because I was just seventeen. If they didn't clap at the end of my act I would limp off stage and boy would they feel guilty. They would all burst into tremendous applause as they saw this poor cripple kid walking off.
People come into public life for different reasons. None of us are ego-challenged, I think, or we probably wouldn't be doing what we're doing, so if anyone tells you that they don't like the sound of the applause and the ego gratification, I don't think they're being straight with you.
All of us love applause, and so we should - it means that the listener likes us!
Applause should be an emotional response to the music, rather than a regulated social duty.
We should welcome applause whenever it comes.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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