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Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.

Quem Deus Vult Perdere, Prius Dementat

Quem deus vult perdere, prius dementat.
Boswell’s Johnson, 1783.

Translated.—Whom the Lord wishes to ruin, he first deprives of reason; or, “When God will punish, he will first take away the understanding.”
Geo. Herbert.—Jacula Prudentum.

[After a long search (for this passage) for the purpose of deciding a bet, some gentlemen of Cambridge found it among the fragments of Euripides, where it is given as a translation of a Greek iambic.—Malone’s Note to Boswell’s Johnson.]

In quiet let him perish, for provident Jove hath deprived him of reason.
Buckley’s Homer.—The Iliad, Book IX. Page 161.

[The passage has reference to the condition of one who is advancing imperceptibly, though surely, to final ruin.—Kennedy, cited by Mr. Buckley, supra.]