Aphorisms by Emile Benoit

Posted on December 29, 2010
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Emile Benoit is the pseudonym of the author of Essays and Aphorisms of the Higher Man, a collection of original philosophical aphorisms and fragmentary essays. Benoit holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy and his aphorisms have a distinctively late 19th-century Nietzschean feel and flair to them, not least in the echo of Nietzsche’s “over-man” in the book’s title. Even the language itself has a delightfully antiquated feel to it: complex sentences that couch dark, faintly misanthropic observations in an artful formality. Though they may feel like something from another era, the moral musings in Benoit’s sayings are never out of fashion. These aphorisms, Benoit writes, “stand alone but they are also a part of the larger whole of the book itself, which argues for an artistic perspective to one’s outlook on life.” A selection:

The vast majority of men are little more than children without the excuse of youth to forgive them.

The fearful are often more dangerous than the man who seeks to do you harm.

Man carries on as if he possessed something of a free will because he has no other choice but to do so.

In matters of greatest importance, it is generally not the cream that rises to the top, but the foam.

There are a great many means to suicide, only a few of them resulting in actual death.

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11 Responses to “Aphorisms by Emile Benoit”

  1. Kradr2 on December 29th, 2010 9:23 pm

    “The fearful are often more dangerous than the man who seeks to do you harm.”…. … The ravenous dog if far-more likely to bite than get a bite. ~ KR

    “There are a great many means to suicide, only a few of them resulting in actual death.” …. … There are plenty of doors in the house of horrors but it’s the same door we enter we exit in horror . ~ KR

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  3. Emile Benoit on December 29th, 2010 9:35 pm

    The print edition will be released around Jan. 25,2011.

  4. Candadai Tirumalai on December 30th, 2010 2:27 pm

    A child of his time, he believed himself to be an independent man.

    The Emperor has no–doubts.

  5. Kradr2 on December 30th, 2010 2:51 pm

    Candadai Tirumalai said:

    “A child of his time, he believed himself to be an independent man.”

    ….. The little emperor hath no cloths !!! … But he does, but does sayith he !!!!

  6. marty rubin on December 31st, 2010 4:44 am

    The worst abuse of freedom is denying that it exists.

  7. marty rubin on January 6th, 2011 1:28 am

    The worst are those who think they’re better than the rest.

  8. marty rubin on January 6th, 2011 1:40 am

    Detachment: the art of making sure that life is never a burden but always a pleasure.

  9. marty rubin on January 9th, 2011 11:22 pm

    In my basket there’s always room for something new.

  10. rick more on June 20th, 2011 10:40 pm

    While running wild in the jungle it is prudent to remember that the jungle is never neutral…not even on a bank holiday.

  11. Anonymous Lifeboat Appreciation Society of North America. on February 28th, 2014 1:42 pm

    Candadai Tirumalai was born on September 12, 1937 and passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Candadai grew up in Secunderabad-Hyderabad, he was a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.

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