Taste as an aesthetic, sociological, economic and anthropological concept refers to a cultural patterns of choice and preference. While taste is often understood as a biological concept, it can also be reasonably studied as a social or cultural phenomenon. Taste is about drawing distinctions between things such as styles, manners, consumer goods and works of art. Social inquiry of taste is about the human ability to judge what is beautiful, good and proper.
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- What's one man's poison, signior,
Is another's meat or drink.
- It is only a dying cause which can attain to perfect taste.
- John Buchan, A Lodge in the Wilderness (1906), Chapter III, p. 83.
- Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
- Pablo Picasso, Quote (March 24, 1957).
- In Poets as true Genius is but rare,
- True Taste as seldom is the Critic’s share.
- Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism" (1711), 11-12.
- Taste has no system and no proofs.
- Susan Sontag, "Notes on Camp", Against Interpretation (1961).
- De gustibus non disputandum.
- I doubt there is enough money in the world to buy you good taste.
- Ysabeau S. Wilce, The Lineaments of Gratified Desire (2006), reprinted in Rich Horton (ed.) Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2007, p. 177