Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum (“Of the dead, nothing unless good.”) and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] (“Of the dead, nothing [spoken] unless good.”) indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead. As a mortuary aphorism, De mortuis. . . . derives from the Latin sentence De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est (“Of the dead nothing but good is to be said”), which also is abbreviated as Nil nisi bonum. In English usage, freer translations are the aphoristic phrases “Speak no ill of the dead”, “Of the dead, speak no evil”, and “Do not speak ill of the dead”.


    Chilon of Sparta coined the phrase De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. (ca. 600 BC)
    The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laërtius (1594)The first recorded use of the phrase of mortuary respect, dates from the 4th century, published in the Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (ca. AD 300), Book 1, Chapter 70, by Diogenes Laërtius, wherein the Greek aphorism τὸν τεθνηκóτα μὴ κακολογεῖν (“Don’t badmouth a dead man”) is attributed to Chilon of Sparta (ca. 600 BC), one of the Seven Sages of Greece. In the 15th century, during the Italian Renaissance, the humanist monk Ambrogio Traversari translated Diogenes’s Greek book into Latin, as Laertii Diogenis vitae et sententiae eorum qui in philosophia probati fuerunt (1433), and so popularized De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, the Latin aphorism advising respect for the dead.

  2. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 2 years ago

    However, he still has family, friends and admirers. We should be aware of that and speak no evil of the dead. It simply isn’t that hard to be decent.

  3. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 2 years ago

    No. But … how is pointing out the true manner of his death ‘speaking ill’ of him ..?

  4. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck said, over 2 years ago

    Suicide is not necessarily a one-moment thing. It is quite possible to commit slow, steady suicide. Lots of people do it.

  5. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A friend pointed out that he had seen more people destroyed by reality than by drugs.

  6. Baleine

    Baleine said, over 2 years ago

    Its too bad some people are so narrow minded and cruel that can’t see how his death offers another opportunity to remind people that drugs like heroin effect people of all walks of life and are not limited by things like class and race.
    Since doctor warbucks and harleyquinn have gone out of their way to make internet trolls look bad they should be the ones to explain it.

  7. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I wish as I was as certain of anything
    as you are as certain of everything.

  8. wiatr

    wiatr GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I can honestly say I have never seen any of his films and had no mental picture to attach his name to until this past Monday. OTOH, I knew the gentleman who played Nellie Olsen’s father from many movies and TV shows over the years. His name has escaped me, of course, but I know he was married a long time to his wife with whom he worked occasionally.
    I gave up worrying about Oscars a lo-o-ong time ago when it occurred to me that none of my favourite actors or movies ever won.

  9. boreas2

    boreas2 said, over 2 years ago

    victims of disease ares victims too (drug addiction is a disease)

  10. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The obituary in Time was written by Aaron Sorkin, who knows a little bit about drug habits himself. He said that he and Hoffman were comparing notes one day, when Hoffman remarked that, given their celebrity, whichever one of them ODed first would probably save 10 other lives after the news coverage of it.
    Growing up, the old man would occasionally remind me that it might well be that my sole purpose in life was to serve as a bad example to others.

  11. alexzabala

    alexzabala said, over 2 years ago

    He had it all…He had all of us…and he made his…

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