Whom the gods love die young

Whom the gods love die young.

Prov. Virtuous or gifted people die at an early age, because the gods want those people to be with them in the afterlife. So many brilliant authors and artists died before the age of fifty that it's easy to believe that whom the gods love die young.
See also: die, god, love, whom, young
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If those whom the gods love die young and if the gifts with which the gods endow a man are any measure of their love for him, it is astonishing that Picasso should have been allowed to live out his biblical span.