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Type: Critic
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 04/21/1828
Date of Death: 05/03/1893


 

Hippolyte Taine Quotes > The variety of intonations...

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The variety of intonations which it acquires evinces in the child great delicacy of impression and of expression ; hence the faculty of forming general ideas. All we do is to aid it in grasping these ideas by suggesting our words.
Hippolyte Taine

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