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

There are some readers who have never read an essay on taste; and if they take my advice they never will, for they can no more improve their taste by so doing than they could improve their appetite or digestion by studying a cookery-book.
      - Robert Southey

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 (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Taste is to literature what bon ton is in society.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

There is no disputing about taste.
      - quoted by Laurence Sterne,
        The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Mock jewelry on a woman is tangible vulgarity.
      - Bayard Taylor

Taste is something quite different from fashion, superior to fashion.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

There may be something petty in a refined taste; it easily degenerates into effeminacy. It does not consider the broadest use. It is not content with simple good and bad, and so is fastidious and curious or nice only.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Fine taste is an aspect of genius itself, and is the faculty of delicate appreciation, which makes the best effects of art our own.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

It is that faculty by which we discover and enjoy the beautiful, the picturesque, and the sublime in literature, art, and nature; which recognizes a noble thought, as a virtuous mind welcomes a pure sentiment by a involuntary glow of satisfaction. But while the principle of perception is inherent in the soul, it requires a certain amount of knowledge to draw out and direct it.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Taste is improved by cultivation.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Taste is not stationary. It grows every day, and is improved by cultivation, as a good temper is refined by religion. In its most advanced state it takes the title of judgment. Hume quotes Fontenelle's ingenious distinction between the common watch that tells the hours, and the delicately constructed one that marks the seconds and smallest differences of time.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Taste is often one of the aspects of fashion.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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