Applause The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause. The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE »Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.In nature nothing can be given. All things are sold.Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.