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User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

I'm going to do my english assessment and there's a quote that I do not understand

"WHom The Gods Would Destory, They First Make Mad With Power"

What does it really mean in a literal form? can anyone elobrate it and give me some examples??

Best Regards

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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

A search on Google brings up 42 results:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22WHom+The+Gods+Would+Destroy,+They+First+Make+Mad+With+Power%22&spell=1

To early for me to work out what it means..  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Josh

[Edited 2003-05-29 12:20:05]

User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

well - if you wanted a 2 word answer - Tony Blair would do  Big grin


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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

I think Saddam Hussien, Stalin, Hitler etc... are good examples of the phrase. Not Tony Blair.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

As far as I get it, it means that higher powers (called "Gods" here, but might as well be "fortune" or alike) follow a certain strategy to "destroy" someone. They don't oppress that person, but give them power and might so he/she can ease into it. When that's been done to a certain extent, read: when he/she has started to use those powers in an incorrect way, the higher powers take away all the powers and joyfully watch the person's demise.

As for Galaxy 5's examples, here's my € 0,02:

Saddam - partly agreed, he's not yet dead (or is he?), so he's not yet "destroyed"

Stalin - If he had been murdered, condemned and cursed by his own people, I could agree with that example. But millions of Russians were desperate when he died, and "destruction" took place mainly in western public.

Hitler - direct hit

Blair - agreed, he's definitely not a good example; he's got no powers but authorities



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User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

All it is saying before GOD brings a person down, he gives them power. In the US, we do that all the time. We will take a person and make them the greatest thing since sliced bread. After a bit, we rip them down like no ones business.


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User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Hm.......good examples and explanations from all of you, appreciated.

I've f**ked up one of my assessments so for this one there's no chance for me to get shit marks.

Anyways, thanks a lot.

Best Regards


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