Hippolyte Taine
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"Hippolyte Adolphe Taine" was a French critic and historian. He was the chief theoretical influence of French Naturalism (literature)/naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism and one of the first practitioners of Historicism/historicist criticism. Literary historicism as a critical movement has been said to originate with him. Taine is particularly remembered for his three-pronged approach to the contextual study of a work of art, based on the aspects of what he called "race, milieu, and moment".

Taine had a profound effect on French literature; the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/1911 Encyclopædia Britannica asserted that "the tone which pervades the works of Émile Zola/Zola, Paul Bourget/Bourget and Guy de Maupassant/Maupassant can be immediately attributed to the influence we call Taine's."

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Man may be considered as a superior species of animal that produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives.

We study ourselves three weeks, we love each other three months, we squabble three years, we tolerate each other thirty years, and then the children start all over again.