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Friday: April 21, 2006

Aphorism of the Day

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Existen normas del buen gusto, pero no podemos conocerlas.
Sólo podemos aplicarlas.

Standards of good taste exist, but we cannot know them.
We can only apply them.

(Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 2.330)

As one of my teachers in college put it, “De gustibus non est disputandum does not mean that everyone’s taste is equal. It means that some people are wrong, and others are right, even if they can’t prove it.” This is a loose paraphrase of something said 30+ years ago, but the gist is accurate.

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