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Those whom God wishes to destroy...

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?

: Thanks,

: John

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.