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Emile Durkheim
(1858-1917) born on
Apr 15
French sociologist. He is noted primarily for his dark work about "Suicide," 1951.
         
   
F
The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings. His passions are mere appearances, being sterile. They are dissipated in futile imaginings, producing nothing external to themselves.

R
A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt.
A
One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature.
N
Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character.
K
From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 6, sct. 1 (1897; tr. 1951).
R: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 6, sct. 1 (1897; tr. 1951).
A: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 6, sct. 1 (1897; tr. 1951).
N: Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 1 (1897; tr. 1951).
K: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 3 (1897; tr. 1951).
   


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