David Hume (1711–1776) from “Of the Standard of Taste,” Essays (1757)
It is natural for us to seek a Standard of Taste; a rule, by which the various sentiments of men may be reconciled; at least, a decision, afforded, confirming one sentiment, and condemning another. [ ... ]
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