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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.
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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.
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  [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.]  3
In quiet let him perish, for provident Jove hath deprived him of reason.
        Buckley’s Homer.—The Iliad, Book IX. Page 161.
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  [The passage has reference to the condition of one who is advancing imperceptibly, though surely, to final ruin.—Kennedy, cited by Mr. Buckley, supra.]  5
 
 
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