Quotation by 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. So, melancholy is morbid only when it occupies too much place in life; but it is equally morbid for it to be wholly excluded from life.
Emile Durkheim (1858–1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 1 (1897, trans. 1951).
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