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Taste Quotes

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

Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Profession: American Historian

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

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

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.

Author: Stephen Bayley (1951)

Profession: British Design Critic

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

Author: Stephen Bayley (1951)

Profession: British Design Critic

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.

Author: Maurice Blanchot (1907)

Profession: French Literary Theorist, Author

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

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

Bad taste is a species of bad morals.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

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

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

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

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

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.

Author: Vicomte De Chateaubriand (1768-1848)

Profession: French Politician, Writer

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.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

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

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger