Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Taine, Hippolyte Adolphe (b. 1828), French historian and critic, was born at Vouziers in Ardennes, and educated in Paris at the College Bourbon and the Ecole Normale. In 1864 he became professor at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. His chief work is Les Origines de la France Contemporaine (1875-90), in which he attacks the Revolution. The Histoire de la Litterature Anglaise is a remarkable example of the attempt to apply the inductive method to literary studies.

“Are you dejected? here is comfort. Are you sinful? here is righteousness. Are you led away with present enjoyments? here you have honours, and pleasures, and all in Christ Jesus. You have a right to common pleasures that others have, and besides them you have interest in others that are everlasting, that shall never fail; so that there is nothing that is dejecting and abasing in man, but there is comfort for it in Christ Jesus.”
–Richard Sibbes, Description of Christ