Every one to his taste. [ French ]
Taste is the mind's tact. [ De Boufflers ]
Taste is the tact of the mind. [ Boufflers ]
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower. [ William Cowper ]
The finer impulse of our nature. [ Schiller ]
Taste is improved by cultivation. [ Willmott ]
Taste is the next gift to genius. [ Lowell ]
The insect-youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon! [ Gray ]
They never taste who always drink;
They always talk who never think. [ Prior ]
Weep on; and, as thy sorrows flow,
I'll taste the luxury of woe. [ Moore ]
We taste the fragrance of the rose. [ Akenside ]
Taste is the very maker of judgment. [ Leigh Hunt ]
Good taste rejects excessive nicety. [ Fenelon ]
Bad taste is a species of bad morals. [ Bovee ]
The first men that our Saviour dear
Did choose to wait upon Him here,
Blest fishers were; and fish the last
Food was, that He on earth did taste:
I therefore strive to follow those,
Whom He to follow Him hath chose. [ Izaak Walton ]
All our tastes are but reminiscences. [ Lamartine ]
Come, give us a taste of your quality. [ William Shakespeare ]
Good taste consists first upon fitness. [ George William Curtis ]
Good taste is the flower of good sense. [ A. Poincelot ]
Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure;
Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright;
Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor.
And find a harvest-home of light. [ Horatius Bonar ]
To love is to believe, to hope, to know;
'Tis an essay, a taste of heaven below! [ Edmund Waller ]
Taste may change, but inclination never. [ La Roche ]
Nor love, nor honor, wealth, nor power,
Can give the heart a cheerful hour
When health is lost. Be timely wise;
With health all taste of pleasure flies. [ Gay ]
Taste is the microscope of the judgment. [ J. J. Rousseau ]
If you are born without taste, acquire it.
Labour has a bitter root but a sweet taste. [ Danish Proverb ]
Good men but see death, the wicked taste it. [ Ben Jonson ]
You must be content to taste your own broth. [ Proverb ]
A little learning is a dangerous thing:
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again. [ Alexander Pope ]
To him that has a bad taste, sweet is bitter. [ Proverb ]
Taste, that eternal wanderer, which flies
From head to ears, and now from ears to eyes. [ Pope ]
Taste has never been corrupted bj simplicity. [ Joubert ]
Taste is often one of the aspects of fashion. [ Willmott ]
Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour. [ William Shakespeare ]
For age but tastes of pleasures youth devours. [ Dryden ]
Mock jewelry on a woman is tangible vulgarity. [ Bayard Taylor ]
For man loves knowledge, and the beams of truth
More welcome touch his understanding's eye,
Than all the blandishments of sound his ear,
Than all of taste his tongue. [ Akenside ]
Nothing is so atrocious as fancy without taste. [ Goethe ]
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion. [ Shenstone ]
The sense of taste is the most exquisite of all. [ Cicero ]
Taste and good-nature are universally connected. [ Shenstone ]
Cowards die many times before their deaths:
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come. [ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar ]
My tastes are aristocratic; my actions democratic. [ Victor Hugo ]
The taste of the kitchen is better than the smell. [ Proverb ]
Taste is to literature what hon ton is in society. [ Mme. de Sta31 ]
He deserves not sweet that will not taste of sour. [ Proverb ]
Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of judgment. [ Rousseau ]
Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross in taste:
For valour, is not love a Hercules? [ William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act. IV. Sc. 3 ]
The cause of a wrong taste is a defect of judgment. [ Burke ]
The escaped mouse ever feels the taste of the bait. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
A person is well dressed when dressed in good taste. [ Mme. de Sartory ]
Jeerers must be content to taste of their own broth. [ Proverb ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
Happiness depends not on the things, but on the taste. [ La Roche ]
Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind. [ La Roche ]
Men more easily renounce their interests than their tastes. [ Rochefoucauld ]
Acquaint thyself with God, if thou wouldst taste His works. [ Cowper ]
I wish you all sorts of prosperity, with a little more taste. [ Le Sage ]
There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste. [ Goethe ]
The last taste of things gives them the name of sweet or sour. [ Proverb ]
When we tire of the beautiful it induces a taste for singularity. [ French ]
Little books have their fates according to the taste of the reader. [ Maurus ]
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. [ William Shakespeare ]
A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious. [ Mrs. Jameson ]
A taste for books, which is still the pleasure and glory of my life. [ Gibbon ]
Mistaking taste for genius is the rock on which thousands have split. [ J. T. Headley ]
Taste is something quite different from fashion, superior to fashion. [ Thackeray ]
It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price. [ Richardson ]
It is a meaner part of sense to find a fault than taste an excellence. [ Rochester ]
Taste consists in the power of judging; genius, in the power of executing. [ Blair ]
A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with an excellency of heart. [ Fielding ]
The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives. [ Stanislaus ]
Pure friendship is something which men of an inferior intellect can never taste. [ De La Bruyere ]
Taste depends upon those finer emotions which make the organization of the soul. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]
A taste which plenty does deprave loathes lawful goods, and lawless ill does crave. [ Dryden ]
That forbidden tree, whose mortal taste brought death into the world, and all our woe. [ Milton ]
Talk what you will of taste, my friend, you'll find two of a face as soon as of a mind. [ Pope ]
Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it. [ Froude ]
Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired. [ Mme. Girardin ]
He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave. [ Klopstock ]
Between good sense and good taste, there is the same difference as that between cause and effect. [ La Bruyère ]
Refined taste forms a good critic; but genius is further necessary to form the poet or the orator. [ Blair ]
There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment. [ Joubert ]
When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted. [ Beecher ]
Taste can only be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good, but of the truly excellent. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
The journalist should be on his guard against publishing what is false in taste or exceptionable in morals. [ Bryant ]
A taste for books is the pleasure and glory of my life; I would not exchange it for the riches of the Indies. [ E. Gibbon ]
To write well is to think well, to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once intellect, soul, and taste. [ Buffon ]
What we like determines what we are and is the sign of what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character. [ Ruskin ]
Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humour to one from their reason. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
He who has no taste for order will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions. [ Lavater ]
Friendship's said to be a plant of tedious growth, its root composed of tender fibers, nice in their taste, cautious in spreading. [ Vanbrugh ]
To write well is at once to think well, to feel rightly, and to render properly; it is to have, at the same time, mind, soul, taste. [ Buffon ]
The taste of beauty and the relish of what is decent, just, and amiable perfects the character of the gentleman and the philosopher. [ Shaftesbury ]
Happiness is in taste and not in things; and it is by having what we love that we are happy, not by having what others find agreeable. [ Rochefoucauld ]
Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great or original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished. [ Wordsworth ]
Power of imagination is regulated only by art, especially by poetry. There is nothing more frightful than imaginative faculty without taste. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. [ George Eliot ]
The birds, great Nature's happy commoners, that haunt in woods, in meads, and flowery gardens, rifle the sweets and taste the choicest fruits. [ Rowe ]
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. [ Mme. de Staël ]
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 ]
We believe that the dress that shows taste and sentiment is elevating to the home, and is one of the most feminine means of beautifying the world. [ Miss Oakey ]
Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts. [ Zimmermann ]
In taste and imagination, in the graces of style, in the arts of persuasion, in the magnificence of public works, the ancients were at least our equals. [ Macaulay ]
Whatever the benefits of fortune are, they yet require a palate fit to relish and taste them; it is fruition, and not possession, that renders us happy. [ Montaigne ]
Last scene of all, that ends this strange, eventful history, is second childishness, and mere oblivion; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. [ William Shakespeare ]
It is not in the power of every one to taste humor, however he may wish it; it is the gift of God! and a true feeler always brings half the entertainment along with him. [ Sterne ]
Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared, from the hive. [ Colton ]
Perfect taste is the faculty of receiving the greatest possible pleasure from those material sources which are attractive to our moral nature in its purity and perfection. [ Ruskin ]
Genius is allied to a warm and inflammable constitution; delicacy of taste, to calmness and sedateness. Hence it is common to find genius in one who is a prey to every passion. [ Lord Karnes ]
Women always show more taste in adorning others than themselves; and the reason is that their persons are like their hearts - they read another's better that they can their own. [ Richter ]
A good ear for music, and a good taste for music, are two very different things winch are often confounded; and so is comprehending and enjoying every object of sense and sentiment. [ Lord Greville ]
The exhaustion of taste, genius, and splendor upon its fables and ceremonies, even to our times, constitute the ancient paganism a marvel of all that was attractive and magnificent. [ R. W. Hamilton ]
Good dressing includes a suggestion of poetry. One nowhere more quickly detects sentiment than in dress. A well-dressed woman in a room should fill it with poetic sense, like the perfume of flowers. [ Miss Oakey ]
D'Alembert tells us that Voltaire had always lying on his table the
Petit Careme of Massillon and the
Tragedies of Racine; the former to fix his taste in prose composition, and the latter in poetry. [ Dugald Stewart ]
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire-steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars. [ Coleridge ]
He that will have no books but those that are scarce evinces about as correct a taste in literature as he would do in friendship who would have no friends but those whom all the rest of the world have sent to Coventry. [ Colton ]
With us all is inconsistency. France, seriously speaking, is the country of wit and folly, of industry and idleness, of philosophy and fanaticism, of gaiety and pedantry, laws and their abuses, good taste and impertinence. [ Voltaire ]
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. [ Bruyere ]
Some men find happiness in gluttony and in drunkenness, but no delicate viands can touch their taste with the thrill of pleasure, and what generosity there is in wine steadily refuses to impart its glow to their shriveled hearts. [ Whipple ]
A taste for flowers and a love for the beautiful, as exhibited in the wonders of creative power, are evidences of a refined and sensitive nature, and peculiar traits of character which distinguish man from the lower order of animals. [ Celestia R. Colby ]
The study of art is a taste at once engrossing and unselfish, which may be indulged without effort, and yet has the power of exciting the deepest emotions, - a taste able to exercise and to gratify both the nobler and softer parts of our nature. [ Guizot ]
Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite: and this rare conjunction, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. [ Chateaubriand ]
Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness; a sense to discern and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever found and in whatsoever form and accompaniment. [ Carlyle ]
All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such excess that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art. [ Emerson ]
High original genius is always ridiculed on its first appearance; most of all by those who have won themselves the highest reputation in working on the established lines. Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it. [ Froude ]
The instinctive and universal taste of mankind selects flowers for the expression of its finest sympathies, their beauty and their fleetingness serving to make them the most fitting symbols of those delicate sentiments for which language itself seems almost too gross a medium. [ G. S. Hillard ]
We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners. [ Whipple ]
Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise - the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]
If I were to pray for a taste which should stand me in stead under every variety of circumstances, and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness to me through life, and a shield against its ills, however things might go amiss, and the world frown upon me, it would be a taste for reading. [ Sir John Herschel ]
Observe or Say? While the dictionaries authorize the common use of these words, it is in better taste to restrict the employment of observe to its primitive signification; namely, to notice. Hence such an expression as,
What did you observe? is objectionable, and should be,
What did you say? [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]
A gentleman's taste in dress is, upon principle, the avoidance of all things extravagant. It consists in the quiet simplicity of exquisite neatness; but, as the neatness must be a neatness in fashion, employ the best tailor; pay him ready money, and, on the whole, you will find him the cheapest. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
Talent is something, but tact is everything. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles. [ W. P. Scargill ]
The style of writing required in the great world is distinguished by a free and daring grace, a careless security, a fine and sharp polish, a delicate and perfect taste; while that fitted for the people is characterized by a vigorous natural fulness, a profound depth of feeling, and an engaging naivete. [ Goethe ]
The style of writing required in the great world is distinguished by a free and daring grace, a careless security, a fine and sharp polish, a delicate and perfect taste; while that fitted for the people is characterised by a vigorous natural fulness, a profound depth of feeling, and an engaging naïveté. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
The study of art possesses this great and peculiar charm, that it is absolutely unconnected with the struggles and contests of ordinary life. By private interests, by political questions, men are deeply divided, and set at variance; but beyond and above all such party strifes, they are attracted and united by a taste for the beautiful in art. [ Guizot ]
The study of the mathematics cultivates the reason; that of the languages at the same time the reason and the taste. The former gives power to the mind; the latter, both power and flexibility. The former, by itself, would prepare us for a state of certainties, which nowhere exists; the latter, for a state of probabilities, which is that of common life. [ T. Godfrey ]
Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind and made it susceptible of impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God, by their becoming a source of pride! [ Henry Martyn ]
Almost all men are over-anxious. No sooner do they enter the world than they lose that taste for natural and simple pleasures so remarkable in early life. Every hour do they ask themselves what progress they have made in the pursuit of wealth or honor; and on they go as their fathers went before them, till, weary and sick at heart, they look back with a sigh of regret to the golden time of their childhood. [ Rogers ]
Poetical taste is the only magician whose wand is not broken. No hand, except its own, can dissolve the fabric of beauty in which it dwells. Genii, unknown to Arabian fable, wait at the portal. Whatever is most precious from the loom or the mine of fancy is poured at its feet. Love, purified by contemplation, visits and cheers it; unseen musicians are heard in the dark; it is Psyche in the palace of Cupid. [ Willmott ]
Good taste is essentially a moral quality. Taste is not only a part and an index of morality — it is the only morality. The first, last, and closest trial question to any living creature is,
What do you like? - and the entire object of true education is to make people not merely do right things, but enjoy the right things. What we like determines what we are, and is the sign of what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character. [ Ruskin ]
As the index tells us the contents of stories and directs to the particular chapter, even so does the outward habit and superficial order of garments (in man or woman) give us a taste of the spirit, and demonstratively point (as it were a manual note from the margin) all the internal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident, palpable, gross manifestation of poor, degenerate, dunghilly blood and breeding than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside. [ Massinger ]
It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations. [ Carlyle ]
Today it is all of sixty years since I began to smoke the limit. I have never bought cigars with life-belts around them. I early found that those were too expensive for me: I have always bought cheap cigars - reasonably cheap, at any rate. Sixty years ago they cost me four dollars a barrel, but my taste has improved, latterly, and I pay seven, now. Six or seven. Seven, I think. Yes; it's seven. But that includes the barrel. I often have smoking-parties at my house; but the people that come have always just taken the pledge. I wonder why that is? [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]
He must have an artist's eye for color and form who can arrange a hundred flowers as tastefully, in any other way, as by strolling through a garden, and picking here one and there one, and adding them to the bouquet in the accidental order in which they chance to come. Thus we see every summer day the fair lady coming in from the breezy side hill with gorgeous colors and most witching effects. If only she could be changed to alabaster, was ever a finer show of flowers in so fine a vase? But instead of allowing the flowers to remain as they were gathered, they are laid upon the table, divided, rearranged on some principle of taste, I know not what, but never again have that charming naturalness and grace which they first had. [ Beecher ]