Emile Durkheim Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Emile Durkheim quotes, Emile Durkheim sayings, and Emile Durkheim proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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. Emile Durkheim
Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon. Emile Durkheim
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. Emile Durkheim
Socialism is not a science, a sociology in miniature: it is a cry of pain. Emile Durkheim
Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned. Emile Durkheim
If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion. Emile Durkheim
An act cannot be defined by the end sought by the actor, for an identical system of behaviour may be adjustable to too many different ends without altering its nature. Emile Durkheim
There is no sociology worthy of the name which does not possess a historical character. Emile Durkheim
Socialism is not a science, a sociology in miniature: it is a cry of pain. Emile Durkheim
The first and most fundamental rule is: Consider social facts as things. Emile Durkheim
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. Emile Durkheim
A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. Emile Durkheim
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. Emile Durkheim
Maniacal suicide. —This is due to hallucinations or delirious conceptions. The patient kills himself to escape from an imaginary danger or disgrace, or to obey a mysterious order from on high, etc. Émile Durkheim
Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs. To free him from all social pressure is to abandon him to himself and demoralize him. Emile Durkheim
When this ultimate crisis comes... when there is no way out - that is the very moment when we explode from within and the totally other emerges: the sudden surfacing of a strength, a security of unknown origin, welling up from beyond reason, rational expectation, and hope. Émile Durkheim
All suicides of the insane are either devoid of any motive or determined by purely imaginary motives. Now, many voluntary deaths fall into neither category; the majority have motives, and motives not unfounded in reality. Not every suicide can therefore be considered insane, without doing violence to language. Emile Durkheim
It is only by historical analysis that we can discover what makes up man since it is only in the course of history that he is formed. Emile Durkheim
When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable. Emile Durkheim