Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular.
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Other Quotes by Emile Durkheim

A person is not merely a single subject distinguished from all the others. It is especially a being to which is attributed a relative autonomy in relation to the environment with which it is most immediately in contact.
Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular.
If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.
Our whole social environment seems to us to be filled with forces which really exist only in our own minds.
To pursue a goal which is by definition unattainable is to condemn oneself to a state of perpetual unhappiness.
Man seeks to learn, and man kills himself because of the loss of cohesion in his religious society; he does not kill himself because of his learning. It is certainly not the learning he acquires that disorganizes religion; but the desire for knowledge wakens because religion becomes disorganized.
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.
There is a collective as well as an individual humor inclining peoples to sadness or cheerfulness, making them see things in bright or somber lights. In fact, only society can pass a collective opinion on the value of human life; for this the individual is incompetent.
Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
It is science, and not religion, which has taught men that things are complex and difficult to understand.
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