Posted by ESC on February 16, 2003
In Reply to: Quote and source posted by John on February 16, 2003
: There is a quote that is something like "The gods first make mad whom they would destroy.....'
: Anyone know this quote, its origins and when?
Here's what I found. I have a feeling that this saying has appeared in many versions over the years.
"Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad." Euripides (c. 485-406 B.C.)
Quos (or Quem) deus vult perdere prius dementate (Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad). Saying under "Anonymous: L*tin.
From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," Seventeenth Edition.