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The Best Quotes About Taste

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A list of the best taste quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous taste quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic taste quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational taste quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about taste?" and "What are inspirational taste quotes?"

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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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    Bad taste is a species of bad morals.

    Christian Nevell Bovee
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    Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

    Pablo Picasso
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    Taste may change, but inclination never.

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

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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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    Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.

    Jean de La Bruyère
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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 Dalí
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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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    Taste cannot be controlled by law.

    Thomas Jefferson
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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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    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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    What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.

    Lucretius
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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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    All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
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    Taste is tiring like good company.

    Francis Picabia