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

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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. G. K. Chesterton

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

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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. Pablo Picasso

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

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

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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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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 Dalí

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

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Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect. Jean de La Bruyère

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

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Taste may change, but inclination never. François de La Rochefoucauld

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All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Good taste is the excuse I have given for leading such a bad life. Oscar Wilde

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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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Taste has no system and no proofs. Susan Sontag

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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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What is food to one man is bitter poison to others. Lucretius

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Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art. Oscar Wilde

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I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth's follies -- thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us. D. H. Lawrence

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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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A man of great common sense and good taste -- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. George Bernard Shaw

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I think taste is a social concept and not an artistic one. I'm willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else's living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another's brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves. John Updike

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The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating. The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure; he continually restricts what he can enjoy; in the constant exercise of his good taste he will eventually price himself out of the market, so to speak. Here Camp taste supervenes upon good taste as a daring and witty hedonism. It makes the man of good taste cheerful, where before he ran the risk of being chronically frustrated. It is good for the digestion. Susan Sontag

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Taste is tiring like good company. Francis Picabia

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Good taste is the first refuge of the non creative. It is the last ditch stand of the artist. Marshall McLuhan

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The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed. Susan Sontag

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To possess taste, one must have some soul. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

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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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Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Taste cannot be controlled by law. Thomas Jefferson

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For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms. Arthur Rimbaud

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Taste is the enemy of creativeness. Pablo Picasso

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Good taste is the worst vice ever invented. Edith Sitwell