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The only tastes worth having are acquired tastes. (Gilbert Adair)

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

Every sense has the power to transport us through time, but it's taste I find the most mysterious, and writing about it often results in tortured metaphors. (Rumaan Alam)

-Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children...
Next to occupation is the building up of good taste. That is difficult, slow work. Few achieve it. It means all the difference in the world in the end. (Sherwood Anderson)

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. (Charles Baudelaire)

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

I am only a picture-taster, the way others are wine-or tea-tasters. (Bernard Berenson)

There's a taste in my mouth and it's no taste at all. (David Bowie)

There are times when you have to choose between being a human and having good taste. (Bertolt Brecht)

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. (Mel Brooks)

Between good sense and good taste there is the same difference as between cause and effect. (Jean de La Bruyere)

The powder is mixed with water and tastes exactly like powder mixed with water. (Art Buchwald)

I explained to him I had simple tastes and didn't want anything ostentatious, no matter what it costs. (Art Buchwald)

Bad taste makes more millionaires than good taste. (Charles Bukowski)

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

Taste is the best judge. It is rare. Art only addresses itself to an excessively small number of individuals. (Paul Cezanne)

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste. (Cyril Connolly)

The bud may have a bitter taste, / But sweet will be the flower. (William Cowper)

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)

I force myself to contradict myself, so as to avoid conforming to my own taste. (Marcel Duchamp)

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK. (Eight-year-old)

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive. (Nora Ephron)

Taste is the feminine of genius. (Edward Fitzgerald)

Exuberance is better than taste. (Gustave Flaubert)

A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art. (Lucian Freud)

Taste is the legitimate offspring of nature, educated by propriety: fashion is the bastard of vanity, dressed by art. (Henry Fuseli)

Beware of luxury! Beware of acquiring the taste and need for it, under the pretext of providing for the morrow... (Paul Gauguin)

To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance. (Jean Genet)

Be artistic, choose taste, set an example. (Sara Genn)

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste. (Nikki Giovanni)

Nobody tells people who are beginners - and I really wish somebody had told this to me - that all of us who do creative work... get into it because we have good taste. (Ira Glass)

This is how they first become accessible to broad taste, which is lazy taste, and by the same token to the processes of publicity and consecration. (Clement Greenberg)

Of all the genres of representational painting, landscape seems the least affected by the fickleness of modern taste. (Nancy Grimes)

Beware of too much taste as it leads to sterility. (Ernst Haas)

You shouldn't second-guess your own tastes when it comes to art. What you choose, and the efforts you make to obtain those things, is an expression of your tastes. You know what you like. (Glen Helfand)

The only enemy of art is taste. (Thomas Hoving)

Why should we expect modernist taste to be any smarter than premodernist or postmodernist? (Robert Hughes)

Fine and delicate taste is the fruit of education and experience. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition. (William James)

Taste cannot be controlled by law. (Thomas Jefferson)

I arrived on earth in 1928. Born into a milieu of painters, I acquired my taste for painting with my mother's milk. (Yves Klein)

We all have some taste or other, of too ancient a date to admit of our remembering it was an acquired one. (Charles Lamb)

A bowl of pudding only has taste when I put it in my mouth - when it is in contact with my tongue. It doesn't have taste or flavor sitting in my fridge, only the potential. (Daniel J. Levitin)

A really alive person is not merely someone who has a taste for life, but somebody who spreads that taste, showering it, as it were, around him; and a person who is really alive in this way, quite apart from any tangible achievements, has something essentially creative. (Gabriel Marcel)

Artists may produce excellent designs, but they will avail little, unless the taste of the public is sufficiently cultivated to appreciate them. (George C. Mason)

There is a vast globe of tastes on this planet that is unaccountable from the norm and we have to respect that. (Skye McLeod)

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

Nobody ever lost a buck underestimating the taste of the American public. (H. L. Mencken)

I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity. (Bette Midler)

It is all a very personal taste in any piece of work. I am, as an artist, aware that my choice to paint what I enjoy means that I dared to take a chance and paint what pleases me and I feel strongly that money and the market is only a small part of this. (Adrienne Moore)

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore. (Malcolm Muggeridge)

The British public has always had an unerring taste for ungifted amateurs. (John James Osborne)

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

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

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. (Alexander Pope)

There is no accounting for tastes. (proverb)

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted. (Chinese proverb)

There is no accounting for taste. (Latin proverb)

Variety is the spice of life. (Latin proverb)

You must know that there are different tastes. There are also different powers of digestion... different temperaments... differences in the capacity to comprehend. (Ramakrishna)

An artist who brings to his work a mind tolerably furnished with the general principles of art, and a taste formed upon the works of good artists – in short, who knows in what excellence consists – will, with the assistance of models... be an overmatch for the greatest painter that ever lived who should be debarred such advantages. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

The artist must try to raise the level of taste of the masses, not debase himself to the level of unformed and impoverished taste. (Diego Rivera)

-The Dying Animal...
You tasted it. Isn't that enough? Of what do you ever get more than a taste? That's all we're given in life, that's all we're given of life. A taste. There is no more. (Philip Roth)

Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are. (John Ruskin)

Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

In our democratic culture people often think it is threatening to judge another person's taste. Some are even offended by the suggestion that there is a difference between good and bad taste, or that it matters what you look at or read or listen to. (Roger Scruton)

To patronize the faculty of taste is to patronize oneself. For taste governs every free – as opposed to rote – human response. (Susan Sontag)

Taste tends to develop very unevenly. It's rare that the same person has good visual taste and good taste in people and taste in ideas. (Susan Sontag)

There is no disputing about taste. (Edmund Spenser)

Good taste cannot supply the place of genius in literature, for the best proof of taste, when there is no genius, would be, not to write at all. (Madame de Stael)

As for 'taste' as a criterion of painting, I find that it is most frequently applied to work that is essentially insensitive, brutal or vulgar beyond question. Could it now be a term with political undertones to seduce, or cover profounder motives of exploitation? I propose it be kept to the wine cellar. There it deceives no one but him who over-indulges. (Clyfford Still)

There are those who hold that to quibble over matters of taste in the basic necessities of life is an extravagance. (Junichiro Tanizaki)

Did you know that in Russian, the word for oil paint can also be applied to butter?... oil paintings should be very tasty! (Aleksander Titovets)

A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas: there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life. (Hung Tzu-Cheng)

Fine art doesn't have to match your sofa. (Author unknown)

You learn much more from art you hate than from art you love. (Author unknown)

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)

To possess taste, one must have some soul. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

What keeps abstract art afloat may still be the taste. (Milos Vujasinovic)

-on Piranesi...
He piles palaces on bridges, and temples on palaces, and scales Heaven with mountains of edifices. Yet what taste in his boldness! (Horace Walpole)

Bad taste makes the day go by faster. (Andy Warhol)

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. (Oscar Wilde)

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste. (William Butler Yeats)