Those whom God wishes to destroy...
Posted by Masakim on February 16, 2003
In Reply to: Those whom God wishes to destroy... posted by ESC 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.
When God will punish, hee will first take away the understanding.
(G. Herbert, _Outlandish Proverbs_, 1640)
For those whom God to ruin has designed, He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind. (J. Dryden, _The Hind and the Panther_, 1687)
God maddens him whom 'tis his wiil to lose, And gives the choice of death or phrenzy--Choose! (Byron, letter, April 2, 1817)
Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad. (H.W. Longfellow, _The Masques of Pandora_, 1875) [R. Powell wrote _Whom the Gods Would Destroy_ in 1970]