Hippolyte Taine

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Hippolyte Taine

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (21 April 18285 March 1893) was a French critic and historian.


  • The production of a work of art is determined by the material and intellectual climate in which a man lives and dies.
    • Philosophy of Art (1865)
  • Napoleon, far more Italian than French, Italian by race, by instinct, imagination, and souvenir, considers in his plan the future of Italy, and, on casting up the final accounts of his reign, we find that the net profit is for Italy and the net loss is for France.[1]

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  1. Napoleon's views on religion