Phrases with "taste"

Anthony Trollope Her forehead was high and white, but perhaps too like marble to gratify the taste of those who are fond of flesh and blood. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe From being delighted with the observance of nature, she grew pleased with seeing her finely imitated, and soon displayed a taste for poetry and painting. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Guy de Maupassan The joy of happy love, the joy of worldly success, the unique intoxication of glory, had caused him to taste unforgettable hours of inward triumph. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing My dress is a very light blue, and, as I am painted in full length, shows my taste in such matters very admirably. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Her dress was showy, and in a taste that set the teeth on edge. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Meredith He began to see a spirit in the rigid tradesman not so utterly dissimilar to his own, and he fancied that he, too, had a taste for ferns. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

But I don’t like the look of the thing altogether, and I fancy there’s considerable bad taste in giving parties with an invalid husband upstairs. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Sir Richard Burton And when they bring thee home and offer thee thy beans, fall backward and only sniff at thy meat and withdraw thee and taste it not, and be satisfied with thy crushed straw and chaff. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Hawthorne’s taste in art was much in advance of his time. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray My worthy colleague, who was so liberal last year of his soup to the poor, will not, I trust, refuse to taste a little of Alderman Birch’s —’tis offered on my part with hearty goodwill. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

They were leisurely enough for him to take in the full meaning of the portent, and to taste the flavour of death rising in his gorge. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

So that in all cases, except where luxurious surroundings negate this suggestion, the use of the cow as an object of taste must be avoided. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Many of the people in Sheffield or Manchester, if they smelled the air along the Cornish cliffs, would probably declare that it had no taste in it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Neither in matters of art and taste proper, nor as regards the current sense of the serviceability of goods, does this canon act as a principle of innovation or initiative. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Tobias Smolle Their consistence is much more solid than that of our English peaches, and their taste more delicious. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Madame had no sort of taste for a monastic life, and took care — largely, though discreetly — to season her existence with a relish of the world. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing Ever hungry for admiration, for prominence, he found new opportunities of gratifying his taste now that he had a resource when his wages ran out. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Andrew Lang This taste, I think, is quite as innate, and as active in us, as that other taste for evil which causes there to be something not wholly displeasing in the misfortunes of our friends. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Even after such a taste of Tinman as that, Annette could not be induced to join in deriding him privately. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Maria Edgeworth Mowbray, I believe, really wished that I should like his sister; yet he could not refrain from indulging his taste for ridicule, even at her expense. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

He had a great deal of taste in such matters, and it is a pity that he was a king, for he might otherwise have been an excellent tailor. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Alcohol was a servant of the devil, and to tamper with it was to tamper with the evil one himself; touch not; taste not; handle not. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing It was her first complete escape from the world of intellectual routine, her first taste of life. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray The beauty of this building has, as is almost always the case, created emulation, and a terrace in the same taste has been raised in the neighbourhood of the hospital. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Olaf Stapledon Delicacy of hearing and of taste combined with omnivorous habits, and with great diversity of behavior and strong sociality, to favor the growth of intelligence. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Washington Irving The residence of people of fortune and refinement in the country has diffused a degree of taste and elegance in rural economy, that descends to the lowest class. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

With that consummate tact of hers, in which I believe she was never surpassed by living thing, she even professed merely to have issued forth to taste “la brise du soir. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Walter Scott Here, therefore, is one instance of actual insanity, in which the sense of taste controlled and attempted to restrain the ideal hypothesis adopted by a deranged imagination. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

It was a dogma with him rather than a philosophy, and was clung to more from taste than from reasonable conviction. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

William Makepeace Thackeray The sermon was extempore, as usual, according to the prevailing taste here. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

They have no taste for them and no inclination in that direction, — it is against their very nature. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Edgar Allan Poe He had directed, in great part, the moveable embellishments of the seven chambers, upon occasion of this great fete; and it was his own guiding taste which had given character to the masqueraders. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson Now why not leave them to themselves for a bit? Give them a taste of freedom? Frankly I don’t think you would regret it. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

She herself knew that besides the tavern there was no place where people could enjoy themselves; besides the taste of whisky there was no other gratification. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells His taste would have seemed extreme to a man of the nineteenth century. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Washington Irving Goldsmith, however, was guided not by a taste for what was low, but for what was comic and characteristic. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry James With his excellent taste he wished to appeal to Lord Canterville primarily as a gentleman. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Robert Louis Stevenson Believe me, I had little palate left for the jelly; and though I preferred the taste when I took cream with it, I used often to go without, because the cream dimmed the transparent fractures. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Home Rule did not in the least commend itself to her sedate, practical mind, but she would never have committed such an error in taste as to proclaim divergence from her husband’s views. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He learnt the taste in the south of France, where they play hardly anything else. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Abraham Merri The taste was unfamiliar but delightful. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

On the other hand, nothing but a want of candour or taste can lead any one to overlook the rare and great excellences of Gibbon’s style. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Meredith Oracle of the market! thence you drew The taste which stamped you guide of the inept. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Not that she had a churlish disinclination to society, or needed to be told that we taste one intellectual pleasure twice, and with double the result, when we taste it with a friend. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H. Rider Haggard It was worth while going through that year of separation in order to taste the joy of meeting. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

But really Mr. Fairfax and Geraldine will be almost poor at first; only my sister has fortunately no taste for display, and George must have sown all his wild oats by this time. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli The Neuchatel mansion in Portland Place was one of the noblest in that comely quarter of the town, and replete with every charm and convenience that wealth and taste could provide. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Elizabeth was sitting stiffly, holding her tiny cup of tea, which she could not bring herself to taste again, and wearing a rather hard smile. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell And the sound of his well-known and commanding voice, seemed to have been like the taste of blood to the infuriated multitude outside. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Willa Cather She sensed an unusual weariness in him, and felt, as it were, the bitter taste on his tongue. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Maria Edgeworth But when he did speak sincerely, no man’s taste or judgment as to female beauty, manners, and character, could be more safely trusted. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens I quite appreciate the laudable motive of the promoters of the readings to raise the moral tone amongst the working class of the town and to direct this taste in a familiar and pleasant manner. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Chvabrine had some French books; I took to reading, and I acquired a taste for literature. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Algernon Blackwood We stood a moment on the veranda to taste the keen, sweet air and see the dark mountains blocked against the stars. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry James To the latter way with them he was undoubtedly most disposed; yet he would even thus, on occasion, pick out a piece to taste on its own merits. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Macaulay’s judgment, that “personal taste led him to the eighteenth century, thirst for praise to the nineteenth,” is quite at fault. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Gertrude Stein There is no doubt of the mention of that and there is a taste of the meaning which is not a waste. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

James Payn My Lady had much too good taste to dislike the smell of good tobacco, and the air which he had chosen was a favourite one with her; perhaps Master Walter hummed it upon that account. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Yet no one could dislike Mrs. Arless, however much she might offend their taste and sense of fitness. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Benjamin Disraeli The minority, who still retained a taste for pines, did not yield without an arduous though ineffectual struggle. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He felt the sticky wax taste of the wafer on his tongue. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Walter Scott The taste and the smell, like the touch, convey more direct intelligence than the eye and the ear, and are less likely than those senses to aid in misleading the imagination. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

George Meredith Dorothea and Virginia Duvidney will give her a taste of a new society; good for the girl. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Maria Edgeworth A taste for the elegant profligacy of French gallantry was, I remember, introduced into this country before the destruction of the French monarchy. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Andrew Lang Michael, the fox, did not run away as the others had done, but smiled in a friendly manner, and remarked: ‘Things taste so stale in a valley; one’s appetite is so much better up on a mountain. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The inventive power of Dickens in none of his other books indulged itself so abundantly in the creation of eccentric characters, but neither was it in any so admirably tempered by taste and feeling. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Edith Wharton They reminded me of vampires with a taste for young flesh, they seemed so to gloat over the taste of a good conscience. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

To this untutored taste the most beautiful horse seems to be a form which has suffered less radical alteration than the race-horse under the breeder’s selective development of the animal. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Walter Scott Left to the impulse of her own taste and feelings, Lucy Ashton was peculiarly accessible to those of a romantic cast. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

William Makepeace Thackeray We gave several thousand pounds for it — how many thousand? About its merit is a question of taste which we will not here argue. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the farther side it was bare, spartan, and reflected rather the taste of a most ascetic man than of a pleasure-loving woman. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Fain, fain would O’Gree have proposed to journey back to London by the same train, but good taste and good sense prevailed with him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. F. Benson For the passion for motors is a taste — I had almost said a gift — as distinct and as keenly individual as the passion for music or mathematics. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Own taste the best; Isabelle, Clara, Rosalind, Eleanor, were all-American. Eleanor would pitch, probably southpaw. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins This apartment was furnished with less luxury, but with more bad taste (if possible) than the room we had just left. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Gustave Flauber To show his vigilance the Chief of the Odours offered the Suffet a little malobathrum to taste in an electrum spoon; then he pierced three Indian bezoars with an awl. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

When I saw her I got a taste of copper in my mouth. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Yet did or taste or reason sway the times, Ah! who would take their titles with their rhymes. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Theodore Dreiser One of these impulses was a taste for liquor, of which he was perfectly sure he had the upper hand. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins I shall be none the less on that account Lady Howel Beaucourt. And my husband will be happy in the enjoyment of every expensive taste which a poor man call gratify, for the first time in his life. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

There was little change in the cardinal; still dressed with sedulous care, his hair well arranged and curled, his person perfumed, he looked, owing to his extreme taste in dress, only half his age. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Sigmund Freud The dreamer is thus forced to taste and praise what is offered him. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Oliver Goldsmith His mother had been laundress to a man of quality, and thus he early acquired a taste for pimping and pedigree. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Henry James But she was now reassured; she could see he only wished to live with her on good terms, that she was to understand he had forgiven her and was incapable of the bad taste of making pointed allusions. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He was not even by taste or apprehension a poet. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

You can’t make them see that they can’t have both, any more than you can make a man of no taste see that bits of plywood nailed on to a gable to simulate Tudor beams are impossible. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Already he had achieved prominence by being imprisoned as the leader of a torch-light procession, and this taste of martyrdom naturally sharpened his zeal. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf But a look of indolence, the result of skepticism or of a taste too fastidious to be satisfied by the prizes and conclusions so easily within his grasp, lent him an expression almost of melancholy. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope Our black sheep was very fond of wine,—and also of brandy, though he was wolf enough to hide his taste when occasion required it. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope Do you mean to tell me you can taste wine with half a pickled orange in your mouth?” “It’ll come to him soon enough,” said the squire. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The judge had quite an extensive library and was evidently a man of taste and education. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

To an English taste the method seems a little bizarre. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope Not exactly with his present eyesight as then at that moment existing; for seeing that she was walking by his side, he could not take the comprehensive view which his taste and mind required. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson Her heart shall taste my laughter and my tears, And her kind eyes shall lead me to the end. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Oliver Goldsmith Suppose the girls should come to make acquaintances of taste in town! This I am assured of, that London is the only place in the world for all manner of husbands. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Canova’s education, taste and genius enabled him to present to the world statues so correct and beautiful that they are worthy of universal admiration. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This taste for house and parish merits has of course its doting and foolish side. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

H. G. Wells I hope you follow that?” “Go on,” said Lewisham, with the debating-society taste for a thesis prevailing for a minute over that matter of the roses. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope His taste had been pleased, his eyes charmed, and his vanity gratified. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Her taste had always been for a home-keeping life; she dreaded gossipers, and only left the house when it was absolutely necessary, then going forth closely veiled. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Louisa May Alcott Her solitary breakfast did not taste good, and the room seemed lonely and untidy, for Jo had not filled the vases, Beth had not dusted, and Amy’s books lay scattered about. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry Adams The manners of English society were notorious, and the taste was worse. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Willa Cather Not from diffidence, but from superiority; from a contempt for chatter, and a liking for silence, a taste for it. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

George Gissing Sidwell Warricombe suggested, more completely than any woman he had yet observed, that companionship without which life must to the end taste bitter. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Hasty people drink the nectar of existence scalding hot: I taste it cool as dew. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

G. K. Chesterton One has to get the taste out of one’s mouth. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry David Thoreau What does our Concord culture amount to? There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Tobias Smolle Here is also a wretched troop of comedians for the burgeois, and lower class of people: but what seems most to suit the taste of all ranks, is the exhibition of church pageantry. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Barbe Leroux was one of those admirable managers who by sheer industry and good taste can make much out of little. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Maria Edgeworth At supper, when the radishes were distributed, Favoretta was very impatient to taste them; the first which she tasted was hot, she said, and she did not quite like it. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Edgar Allan Poe The taste and the smell were inextricably confounded, and became one sentiment, abnormal and intense. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Hiram’s Hospital, as the retreat is called, is a picturesque building enough, and shows the correct taste with which the ecclesiastical architects of those days were imbued. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He was conscious of having a taste for fine things which his children had unfortunately not inherited. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Jack London The result will be great art; for no longer, as up to yesterday, will the artists pander to the bourgeois taste of the middle class. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope I hope that Arabin has more taste than to allow such a thing in his house. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard I saw here some of the latter sort, in a small sheep-skin, which the Bedouins use in bringing it to market: it had a strong, turpentine smell, and its taste was bitter. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

One must love solitude for its own sake to taste in its fullness the perfect happiness that these beautiful open spaces give. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Gertrude Stein One taste one tack, one taste one bottle, one taste one fish, one taste one barometer. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

George Gissing It’s quiet, and the trees make the air taste fresh. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

T. E. Lawrence He refused to taste the supper; and we only forced bread and rice into him by the threat of dire punishment if he insulted our hospitality. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

If they work well — why a taste of the cat now and then keeps ’em in mind of what they may expect if they get lazy. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

A taste for general information, not promptly checked, had soon begun to sap his manhood. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells Hinks was a sporting man in his way, with that taste for checks in costume and tight trousers which is, under Providence, so mysteriously and invariably associated with equestrian proclivities. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Andrew Lang At least my taste has never altered. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But, no — though perhaps I ought to thank you for giving me credit for so much romance and good taste — I don’t think I shall ever introduce you to an aunt. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Ann Radcliffe While she sung, the Baroness would sit absorbed in recollection, the tears fast falling from her eyes, and she might be said to taste in those moments the luxury of woe. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Cecilia’s taste in dress was exquisite. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

I could not understand his taste in tobacco. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

Wilkie Collins Some demon had whispered to Lady Lundie to cultivate a taste for feudal antiquities, and to insist on spreading that taste among her guests. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

G. K. Chesterton Verily Man shall not taste of victory Till he throws his sword away. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

William Dampier They taste exactly like the roots of our English burdock boiled, of which I have eaten. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

David Hume The Goths were much more inferior to the Romans in taste and science than in courage and virtue. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

Jules Verne Modesty apart, people like us would be a prize, and I must say, I would rather forego a taste of Maori hospitality. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

At any rate I was just acquiring a taste for philosophy and the dead languages when my father died suddenly of a paralytic shock, and I had to set about earning a living. Prester John by John Buchan

Arnold Benne Finally, in choosing the first occupations of those evening hours, be guided by nothing whatever but your taste and natural inclination. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

George Meredith They could slip away only by deciding to, and this rare Englishwoman had no taste for the petty overt hostilities. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Meredith But before we taste that happiness we must perform our penance; ‘No living happiness can be for the unclean,’ as the holy father preached to his flock of the monastery dispersing at matins. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Heywood some years before had put five straggling plays on the stage in quick succession, all derived from stories in Ovid and dramatised with little taste or discrimination. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

John Lewis Burckhard The water of the well of Howara is so bitter, that men cannot drink it; and even camels, if not very thirsty, refuse to taste it. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Dickens They called him the Magnificent, because he showed a taste for improvement and refinement. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

I’ll not deny that they’re wild folk, but they havena your Kirk’s taste for murder in cold blood. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The rapid purification of Milton’s taste will be best perceived by comparing L’Allegro and Il Penseroso of uncertain date, but written after 1632, with the Ode on the Nativity, written 1629. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Virginia Woolf There dwelt the things one might have felt, had there been cause; the perfect happiness of which here we taste the fragment; the beauty seen here in flying glimpses only. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope He had a taste for dress, and kept four or five hunters which he got but little credit by riding. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson Why should we fret and drudge? Our meat will taste to-morrow as it did yesterday, and we may at last have had enough of it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Henry James The only good taste was to take himself off, and spare her the trouble of inventing civilities that she could not feel. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope But still there was present on his palate, when he left her, the bitter taste of her reprimand. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Everything was stale and withered, without and within; he could almost taste the corruption — the same, no doubt, that Chris had tasted. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

There is his own self, his mere taste for excitement, the prospect of some sort of gain, but there is no sort of loyalty to bind him in honour to consistent conduct. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Olaf Stapledon I myself, with my taste for the past and the primitive, was persuaded to take the vow of this order. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

This vest may be worn or omitted, as suits the taste of the wearer. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The taste of Mr. and Mrs. Budden was further displayed by the appearance of a Cupid on each side of the door, perched upon a heap of large chalk flints, variegated with pink conch-shells. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry James Dashwood defended the taste of London, praised it as loyal, constant, faithful; to which his interlocutor retorted with some vivacity that it was faithful to sad trash. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Edith Wharton The taste of the usual was like cinders in his mouth, and there were moments when he felt as if he were being buried alive under his future. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

This difference of taste caused the cousins at various times to separate. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Theodore Dreiser It was on this trip that Cowperwood’s taste for art and life and his determination to possess them revived to the fullest. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Sir Walter Scott To make amends, she sung with great taste and feeling, and with a respect to the sense of what she uttered that might be proposed in example to ladies of much superior musical talent. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

That meant being a soldier, she said, and what was a soldier when his time had expired, regularly ruined for ordinary life, with his roving ideas and, more than likely, a taste for drink. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Walter Besant Don’t wolf the food, my friend; there is a limit to the cravings of nature imposed by the claims of art; taste it. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson She gave her son a womanly delicacy in morals, to a man’s taste — to his own taste in later life — too finely spun, and perhaps more elegant than healthful. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf The large family seemed to her so warm and various that she forgot to censure them for their taste in pottery. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Rudyard Kipling I thought it was bad taste myself. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell I rather, myself, question the taste of bad manners. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Henry James He had had the good taste not to spoil the original house — he had not touched it beyond what was just necessary for joining it on. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Maria Edgeworth In short, I was proud to find that my taste was in general the same as his and his daughter’s. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope A young wife is more agreeable to the man’s taste than one who is old. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Just the kind of thing you need to take the taste of the Girl Guides out of your mouth. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

But he may hurt them in taste and sentiment as much as he likes. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson Here, then, was surely every promise for the future; here, at last, was a relation in which I might hope to taste repose. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This taste they owed to their wise founder, who made rural and military labours go along with liberty, and, so to speak, relegated to the town arts, crafts, intrigue, fortune and slavery. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

David Hume We are apt to call barbarous whatever departs widely from our own taste and apprehension: But soon find the epithet of reproach retorted on us. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Charles Dickens It was now observed that her sense of smell was almost entirely destroyed; and, consequently, that her taste was much blunted. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Henry James I see in the stare of the old dragon, I taste in his very breath, all the helpless mortality he has tucked away!” “Lord, sir — you have fancies!” Mr. Prodmore was almost scandalised. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

It struck me as odd that a man so simple in his habits should have so sumptuous a taste in bric-a-brac. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

While Montezuma encouraged a taste for architectural magnificence in his nobles, he contributed his own share towards the embellishment of the city. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Didn’t you even try a little teensy taste of our Lavinia?’ ‘I can’t read anything. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

George Gissing A taste for rambling possessed her; she disappeared for long afternoons, and did not take her sketching implements, though the country was in its finest autumn colouring. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Guy de Maupassant He found fault with only two of her tastes: Her love for the theatre, and her taste for imitation jewelry. The False Gems (Les Bijoux) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells To me it is about as difficult as describing a taste or a scent. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Virginia Woolf The taste for books was an early one. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Nellie Bly I tasted, and one taste was enough. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Miles Franklin I fear it speaks little for your sense or taste that you ever thought of me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope She had an eye to see material beauty, and a taste to love it; but it was not given to her to look back and feel those things as to which her lover would fain have spoken to her. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Meredith A small portion of contempt lodged in her mind to shadow husbands precipitating women on their armoury for a taste of vengeance. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Edith Wharton Neave’s taste was too exquisite for his means — was like some strange, delicate, capricious animal, that he cherished and pampered and couldn’t satisfy. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Thomas Wolfe God knows he saw squalor and filth and misery and despair enough, violence and cruelty and hate enough, to crust his lips for ever with the hard and acrid taste of desolation. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope For beauty,—I don’t know how it is, but to my taste there is no one I ever saw at all like you. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She was far, very far, from the dusty mediaeval epoch, when some women have a taste for such refreshment. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope To my taste the finest stretch of the river was that immediately above Lake Pepin; but then, at this point, we had all the glory of the setting sun. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Perhaps my child here will give you a taste of her voice. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Victor Hugo She had a disgust for realizations, and at the same time a taste for them. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I’ve a taste for good reading, though you wouldn’t think it, and it tickles me to hand it out across the counter . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Victor Hugo An infamous lover, how exquisite! To taste the apple, not of Paradise, but of hell — such is my temptation. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sinclair Lewis Some of my friends laugh at me for it, but I have always cultivated a taste for the finest in literature. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton He blushed to think that his opinion of his work had been swayed by the shallow judgments of a public whose taste he despised. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Another was a remarkable discretion which hardly once permitted a fault of taste in this whole enormous book where he must have had to pick his steps with pitfalls on every side of him. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Wilkie Collins Madame Fontaine spoke charmingly — with perfect taste and feeling. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Jane Austen I want her to play and sing with some portion of taste and a good deal of assurance, as she has my hand and arm and a tolerable voice. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

He wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural viands and have his health as well. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]