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Hippolyte A. Taine Quotes


French author
(1828 - 1893)

No one can exist in society without some specialty. Eighty years ago it was only necessary to be well dressed and amiable; today a man of this kind would be too much like the garcons at the cafes.
 

There are as many kinds of modesty as there are races. To the English woman it is a duty; to the French woman a propriety.
[Modesty]
 

There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.
[Society]