Quotation by Emile Durkheim

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. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
Emile Durkheim (1858–1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 3 (1897, trans. 1951).
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