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Taste

  • Pay enough for anything and it passes for taste.

  • Infallible taste is inconceivable; what could it be measured against?

  • A child develops individuality long before he develops taste. I have seen my kid straggle into the kitchen in the morning with outfits that need only one accessory: an empty gin bottle.

  • Opinions: men's thoughts about great subjects. Taste: their thoughts about small ones: dress, behavior, amusements, ornaments.

  • To observe the principles of good taste does not entail greater expense but merely forethought.

  • No argument can persuade me to like oysters if I do not like them. In other words, the disturbing thing about matters of taste is that they are not communicable.

  • In every power of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.

  • [Good taste] is a nineteenth-century concept. And good taste has never really been defined. The effort of projecting 'good taste' is so studied that it offends me. No, I prefer to negate that. We have to put a period to so-called good taste.

  • It is bad enough to be bad, but to be bad in bad taste is unpardonable.

    • Agnes Repplier,
    • "Conservative's Consolations," Points of Friction ()
  • Good taste is his religion, his morality, his standard, and his test.

  • ... taste governs every free — as opposed to rote — human response. Nothing is more decisive. There is taste in people, visual taste, taste in emotion — and there is taste in acts, taste in morality. Intelligence, as well, is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "Notes on 'Camp'" (1964), Against Interpretation ()
  • Taste has no system and no proofs.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "Notes on 'Camp'" (1964), Against Interpretation ()
  • ... 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,
    • "Notes on 'Camp'" (1964), Against Interpretation ()
  • ... taste is like a sense of humor. I never met a person who didn't think they had one.

  • There is no accounting for tastes.

  • I'm a great believer in vulgarity — if it's got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste — it's hearty, it's healthy, it's physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I'm against.

  • Money creates taste.

  • She had perfect taste, just as others have perfect pitch.

  • The essence of good taste is a sense of values, and a sense of values is the pivotal point of good living.

  • Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.

    • Edith Sitwell,
    • in Elizabeth Salter, The Last Years of a Rebel ()
  • Listen, no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

  • ... the French have taste the way other people have gods or despots. The fact of an authorized, official good taste reassures them. They would be anxious without it, because their articles of tastes are like articles of faith — not meant for improvisation but firm and aggressive, like good haircuts or well-cut suits or the right flowers on the table.

    • Jane Kramer,
    • "Prisoners of Taste" (1989), in Steven Barclay, ed., A Place in the World Called Paris ()