Today's birthday boy and notable quotable is Frenchman Hippolyte Taine
In addition to a having a really unique name, he appears to have had a quite an influence on others. Here's a quick background from Wikipedia:
Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (21 April 1828 in Vouziers – 5 March 1893 in Paris) was a French critic and historian. He was the chief theoretical influence of French naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism, and one of the first practitioners of 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 Encyclopedia Britannica asserted that "the tone which pervades the works of Zola, Bourget and Maupassant can be immediately attributed to the influence we call Taine's."Here are today's quotes, again pulled from ThinkExist.com:
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”
“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”
Cheers! - Jason