|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Of Unknown Authorship |
|QUOTATION:||When God is planning ruin for a man, He first deprives him of his reason. 1|
See Dryden, Quotation 25.
This may have been the original of the well known (but probably post-classical) line, Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat prius. Publius Syrus has, Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere. [back]