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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Taste (44 Quotations)

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Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

 

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What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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Taste is more to do with manners than appearances. Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
~ Stephen Bayley

 

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Everyone has taste, yet it is more of a taboo subject than sex or money. The reason for this is simple: claims about your attitudes to or achievements in the carnal and financial arenas can be disputed only by your lover and your financial advisers, whereas by making statements about your taste you expose body and soul to terrible scrutiny. Taste is a merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes. Thus, while anybody will tell you as much (and perhaps more than) you want to know about their triumphs in bed and at the bank, it is taste that gets people's nerves tingling.
~ Stephen Bayley

 

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Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.
~ Maurice Blanchot

 

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A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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Bad taste is a species of bad morals.
~ Christian Nevell Bovee

 

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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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Without taste genius is only a sublime kind of folly. That sure touch which the lyre gives back the right note and nothing more, is even a rarer gift than the creative faculty itself.
~ Vicomte De Chateaubriand

 

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The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.
~ Cyril Connolly

 

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It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
~ Salvador Dali

 

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A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.
~ Hans Magnus Enzensberger

 

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Taste is the feminine of genius.
~ Lord Edward Fitzgerald

 

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I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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One of the surest evidences of an elevated taste is the power of enjoying works of impassioned terrorism, in poetry, and painting. The man who can look at impassioned subjects of terror with a feeling of exultation may be certain he has an elevated taste.
~ Benjamin Haydon

 

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Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.
~ William Hazlitt

 

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My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
~ Victor Hugo

 

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It is conventional to call ''monster'' any blending of dissonant elements. I call ''monster'' every original inexhaustible beauty.
~ Alfred Jarry

 

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