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


 

Hippolyte Taine Quotes > Herein we perceive a trait...

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Herein we perceive a trait characteristic of man : two very dissimilar successive perceptions leave a common residue, a distinct impression, solicitation, impulsion, which results in the invention or adoption of some mode of expression, either by gesture, cry, articulation, or name.
Hippolyte Taine

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