65 Bad Taste Quotes For Success In Life

These bad taste quotes will inspire you.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging bad taste quotes, bad taste sayings, and bad taste proverbs.

Best Bad Taste Quotes

  1. “Genius creates, and taste preserves.” ~ Alexander Pope
  2. “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  3. “Everyone has taste, yet it is more of a taboo subject than sex or money. The reason for this is simple: claims about your attitudes to or achievements in the carnal and financial arenas can be disputed only by your lover and your financial advisers, whereas by making statements about your taste you expose body and soul to terrible scrutiny. Taste is a merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes. Thus, while anybody will tell you as much (and perhaps more than) you want to know about their triumphs in bed and at the bank, it is taste that gets people’s nerves tingling.” ~ Stephen Bayley
  4. “Good taste is the excuse I’ve always given for leading such a bad life” ~ Oscar Wilde
  5. “Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.” ~ Alexander Pope

  6. “You have to want to have taste. Some people have inherently bad taste. Their problem is really not the bad taste — that can be fixed — but that they don’t know they have it!” ~ Carrie Donovan
  7. “Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.” ~ Mel Brooks
  8. “Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste.” ~ Arnold Bennett
  9. “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste-it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” ~ Diana Vreeland
  10. “Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.” ~ Charles Bukowski

  11. “A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika.” ~ Dorothy Parker
  12. “It’s bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.” ~ D. H. Lawrence
  13. “What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.” ~ Charles Baudelaire
  14. “I voted Republican this year; the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.” ~ Monica Lewinsky
  15. “We all need a splash of bad taste. No taste is what I am against.” ~ Diana Vreeland

  16. “Bad taste is a species of bad morals.” ~ Christian Nestell Bovee
  17. “We permit bad taste in this country. In fact, we even encourage it – and reward it in all manner of ways.” ~ John Irving
  18. “It’s gaudy, ugly, and in terribly bad taste. It does, however, suit my personality almost perfectly.” ~ David Eddings
  19. “I don’t think I’ve got bad taste. I’ve got no taste.” ~ Graham Norton
  20. “Fashions come and go; bad taste is timeless.” ~ Beau Brummell

  21. “Behold the Drojim Palace,” King Urgit said extravagantly to Sadi, “the hereditary home of the House of Urga.” “A most unusual structure, You Majesty,” Sadi murmured. “That’s a diplomatic way to put it.” Urgit looked critically at his palace. “It’s gaudy, ugly, and in terribly bad taste. It does, however, suit my personality almost perfectly.” ~ David Eddings
  22. “In San Francisco, vulgarity, “bad taste,” ostentation are regarded as a kind of alien blight, an invasion or encroachment from outside. In Los Angeles, there is so much money and power connected with ostentation that is no longer ludicrous: it commands a kind of respect. For if the mighty behave like this, then quiet good taste means that you can’t afford the conspicuous expenditures, and you become a little ashamed of your modesty and propriety.” ~ Pauline Kael
  23. “One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. “Good” is no longer good when one’s neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a “common good”! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  24. “One must renounce the bad taste of wishing to agree with many people.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  25. “One is born with good taste. It’s very hard to acquire. You can acquire the patina of taste. But what Elsie Mendl had was something else that’s particularly American––an appreciation of vulgarity. Vulgarity is a very important ingredient in life. I’m a great believer in vulgarity––if it’s got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste––it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” ~ Diana Vreeland
  26. “I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.” ~ Manuel Puig
  27. “Me? I stand for uncertainty, insecurity, bad taste, fun, and things that go boom in the night.” ~ Tom Robbins
  28. “The solemnity of the annual Nobel ceremonies in Stockholm with the cheerful bad taste of the grand opening of a shopping center in Los Angeles.” ~ Vincent Canby
  29. “To understand bad taste one must have very good taste.” ~ John Waters

  30. “A good interpreter can take a piece of bad music and make it sound pretty decent, while a bad interpreter can take good music and make it sound cheap. I can tell that some people have a bad taste, and unlike on the piano, they smear around a lot, that is bad taste.” ~ Ruggiero Ricci
  31. “It’s always considered bad taste to comment on a tragedy right when it’s happening, but I love when something is considered too soon to talk about because then you can blast past that social censorship to get into something real.” ~ Margaret Cho
  32. “When I really love someone, I can only show it by making aggressive and bad-taste remarks.” ~ Slavoj Žižek
  33. “When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.” ~ Jesse Owens
  34. “No one you’d really like to see in public office has the bad taste to run.” ~ F. Paul Wilson

  35. “I get an opportunity to communicate with the audience about the movie that I’ve made. I get the chance to bring attention to the film that I’ve made. I care a lot about the movies that I make. I want them to reach an audience, and I want them to be successful. I promote nearly everything that I do, unless I’ve got some bad taste in my mouth.” ~ Harrison Ford
  36. “In our democratic culture people often think it is threatening to judge another person’s taste. Some are even offended by the suggestion that there is a difference between good and bad taste, or that it matters what you look at or read or listen to.” ~ Roger Scruton
  37. “I always felt sorry for the sidekick as a kid. They never got their due and it left a very bad taste in the mouth – they are defined by a subordinate relationship to someone else. I always felt like a bit of sidekick when I was a kid and it didn’t feel fair.” ~ China Mieville
  38. “I guess you could say I have bad taste in men. But I no longer feel the need to be someone’s wife.” ~ Halle Berry

  39. “Often something that is in bad taste or considered to be in bad taste is something that’s just very true but that people are unwilling to discuss or comment on.” ~ Margaret Cho
  40. “It is in bad taste,” is the most formidable word an Englishman can pronounce.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  41. “You can’t say you’re going to ban something in the name of good taste, because then you have directed someone to play the role of good-taste police. We – Americans – permit bad taste in this country. In fact, we even encourage it.” ~ John Irving
  42. “The thing is I’m very interested in bad taste, as anyone who’s ever seen me perform or had dinner with me would know.” ~ Tom Baker
  43. “If bad taste were a felony, every writer I know would’ve done prison time.” ~ Steven Bochco

  44. “We find collected in this book [The Bible] the superstitious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Palestine, with indistinct echoes of Indian and Persian fables, mistaken imitation of Egyptian theories and customs, historical chronicles as dry as they are unreliable and miscellaneous poems, amatory, human and Jewish-national, which is rarely distinguished by beauties of the highest order but frequently by superfluity of expression, coarseness, bad taste, and genuine Oriental sensuality.” ~ Max Nordau
  45. “Many people think it’s in bad taste to advertise for an insane asylum… but come on down. We’re going crazy.” ~ Colin Mochrie
  46. “I am very attracted by bad taste-it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things.” ~ Helmut Newton
  47. “For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn’t just bad taste, it’s bad strategy, and I will not tolerate it as president.” ~ Barack Obama
  48. “Bad taste makes the day go by faster.” ~ Andy Warhol

  49. “It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque.” ~ Albert Einstein
  50. “I’ll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there’s some great comedy minds and performances.” ~ Mel Brooks
  51. “Anyone who reads advice books about romance has one problem to begin with: bad taste in literature.” ~ Roger Ebert
  52. “Most of the bad taste I’ve been accused of has been generic bad taste; it’s been making fun of an idea as opposed to a person.” ~ John Cleese

  53. “I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt like a Pizza Hut employee, and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar, that was the ultimate in bad taste.” ~ Johnny Depp
  54. “Nowadays nobody bothers, and it is considered in slightly bad taste to even raise the question of God’s existence. Matters of religion are like matters of sexual preference: they are not discussed in public, and even the abstract questions are discussed only by bores.” ~ John Searle
  55. “For someone in my position, there’s opportunities to be anything you want to be, even if you shouldn’t be eligible, and I think that’s left a bad taste in a lots of financers’ and studios’ mouths. Just cause someone’s popular at one thing, letting them do the other isn’t always the right thing.” ~ Fred Durst
  56. “Before pop art, there was such a thing as bad taste. Now there’s kitsch, schlock, camp, and porn.” ~ Don DeLillo

  57. “with the breakdown of the medieval system, the gods of chaos, lunacy, and bad taste gained ascendancy.” ~ John Kennedy Toole
  58. “The diabolical thing about melancholy is not that it makes you ill but that it makes you conceited and shortsighted; yes almost arrogant. You lapse into bad taste, thinking of yourself as Heine’s Atlas, whose shoulders support all the world’s puzzles and agonies, as if thousands, lost in the same maze, did not endure the same agonies.” ~ Hermann Hesse
  59. “I have a soft spot for art that, in terms of subject matter and material, is in bad taste.” ~ Jerry Saltz
  60. “I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry.” ~ Manuel Puig
  61. “There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.” ~ E. M. Forster

  62. “When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 Diabetes… It’s in bad taste if nothing else.” ~ Anthony Bourdain
  63. “It’s not because I’m bitter or because I don’t agree with him politically. I’ve always been a registered Republican. But it’s bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that’s all. Also, I don’t know a damn thing about politics.” ~ Jane Wyman
  64. “To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.” ~ Jean Genet
  65. “It is bad enough to be bad, but to be bad in bad taste is unpardonable.” ~ Agnes Repplier

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