The DaVinci Quote
February 7, 2013 7:57 AM Subscribe
Help me track down the origin of this Leonardo Da Vinci maxim, of which I can only find a French translation.
posted by padraigin to Writing & Language (8 answers total)
Last summer I visited Clos Luce, the last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci, his "retirement home" in France, so to speak.
There were several of his quotations framed throughout the villa, one of which was "Ne pas prevoir, c'est deja gemir". Roughly, in English, "not to plan is to be whining/moaning".
I'd like to know the origin of this quote: does it appear in his notebooks or is it attributed to him via some other source? Was it originally said in Italian, or in Latin, or did he actually say it in French? If it was in his notebooks, can someone point me to the location in one of the online versions of them?
It seems to be a well-known and oft-used maxim in France but I can't seem to track it back any further. Forgive my lack of proper accents, I have keyboard limitations apparently.