quem di diligunt, adulescens moritur -> ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνήσκει νέος

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Quem di diligunt, adulescens moritur -> ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλούσιν ἀποθνήσκει νέος (he whom the gods love dies young)

Υes, it's Menander, fr. 125 from "The Double Deceiver" (Δὶς Ἐξαπατῶν).  Plagiarized by Plautus, Bacchides 4.7.18f.:

Quem di diligunt
Adulescens moritur

quem di diligunt adulescens moritur -> he whom the gods love dies young

Other translations of diligunt include "prize especially" or "esteem". From Plautus, Bacchides, IV, 7, 18. In this comic play, a sarcastic servant says this to his aging master. The rest of the sentence reads: dum valet sentit sapit ("while he is healthy, perceptive and wise").

Wikipedia—List of Latin phrases
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