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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Taste has no system and no proofs.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

To possess taste, one must have some soul.

Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) French moralist, essayist, and writer.


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 (1932-?) American writer.

Good taste is the excuse I have given for leading such a bad life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Absolute catholicity of taste is not without its dangers. It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

Taste cannot be controlled by law.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.