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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
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.

R
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 . . .
A
Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
N
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.
K
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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