“The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.”“An address delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838”, The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 12 vols. Fireside Edition (Boston and New York, 1909). Vol. 1 Nature, Addresses, and Lectures, https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/emerson-the-works-of-ralph-waldo-emerson-vol-1-nature-addresses-and-lectures#preview, accessed 29 August 2021.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson