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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.
Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.

Man's characteristic privilege is that the bond he accepts is not physical but moral; that is, social. He is governed not by a material environment brutally imposed on him, but by a conscience superior to his own . . .
Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
The wise man, knowing how to enjoy achieved results without having constantly to replace them with others, finds in them an attachment to life in the hour of difficulty.
Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them.
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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. 5, sct. 2 (1897; tr. 1951).
A: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 3 (1897; tr. 1951).
N: Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 3 (1897; tr. 1951).
K: Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 1 (1897; tr. 1951).

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