Quotation by Emile Durkheim

It is a quite remarkable fact that the great religions of the most civilized peoples are more deeply fraught with sadness than the simpler beliefs of earlier societies. This certainly does not mean that the current of pessimism is eventually to submerge the other, but it proves that it does not lose ground and that it does not seem destined to disappear.
Emile Durkheim (1858–1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 1 (1897, trans. 1951).
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