Once tastes are formed nothing in the world can destroy them  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Once tastes are formed nothing in the world can destroy them" (Les goûts se forment et rien au monde ne peut plus les détruire) is a dictum by Marquis de Sade recorded in Justine.

Full fragment:

"C’est dans le sein de la mère que se fabriquent les organes qui doivent nous rendre susceptibles de telle ou telle fantasie; les premiers objets présentés, les prémiers discours entendus, achèvent de déterminer le ressort; les goûts se forment et rien au monde ne peut plus les détruire."

English translation by Austryn Wainhouse and Richard Seaver:

"It is in the mother's womb that there are fashioned the organs which must render us susceptible of such-and-such a fantasy; the first objects which we encounter, the first conversations we overhear determine the pattern; once tastes are formed nothing in the world can destroy them."

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