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TASTE
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[ Also see Appreciation Choice Cultivation Delicacy Discernment Elegance Fastidiousness Judgment Perception Refinement Senses Style Tact ]

Good taste rejects excessive nicety.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with an excellency of heart.
      - Henry Fielding

Taste is the feminine of genius.
      - Edward FitzGerald

Exuberance is better than taste.
      - Gustave Flaubert

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Taste is the power of relishing or rejecting whatever is offered for the entertainment of the imagination.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

May not taste be compared to that exquisite sense of the bee, which instantly discovers and extracts the quintessence of every flower, and disregards all the rest of it?
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

The diffusion of taste is not the same thing as the improvement of taste.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Mistaking taste for genius is the rock on which thousands have split.
      - Joel Tyler Headley

My tastes are aristocratic; my actions democratic.
      - Victor Hugo

A delicacy of taste is favorable to love and friendship, by confining our choice to few people, and making us indifferent to the company and conversation of the greater part of men.
      - David Hume

Delicacy of taste has the same effect as delicacy of passion; it enlarges the sphere both of our happiness and our misery.
      - David Hume

Nothing is so improving to the temper as the study of the beauties either of poetry, eloquence, music, or painting.
      - David Hume

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and taste for emotions of recognition.
      - Henry James, Jr., Partial Portraits
         (On Trollope)

A good taste in art feels the presence or the absence of merit; a just taste discriminates the degree--the poco piu and the poco meno. A good taste rejects faults; a just taste selects excellences. A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious. A good taste may be lowered or spoilt; a just taste can only go on refining more and more.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Taste cannot be controlled by law.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Taste has never been corrupted by simplicity.
      - Joseph Joubert

In art there is a point of perfection, as of goodness or maturity in nature: he who is able to perceive it, and who loves it, has perfect taste; he who does not feel it, or loves on this side or that, has an imperfect taste.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Talent, taste, wit, good sense, are very different things, but by no means incompatible. Between good sense and good taste there exists the same difference as between cause and effect, and between wit and talent there is the same proportion as between a whole and its parts.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

All our tastes are but reminiscences.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

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

Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Men more easily renounce their interests than their tastes.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

I wish you all sorts of prosperity, a little more taste.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage


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