Certainly nothing gratifies us like. . . applause. But you can't live on applause; praise alone won't pay the rent. We need something a bit more solid; the best hand people can give us is a hand with cash in it.
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Source Notes: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme 1.1 (1670), in Eight Plays by Moliere, trans. Morris Bishop (1957). A music teacher tells a dancing teacher that he appreciates their pupil M. Jourdain, a Parisian merchant, because he pays well, although he has little taste or ability.
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