Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 13 01:31:28 UTC 2001

At 7:32 AM -0400 9/13/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>>According to Petit Robert, Dictionnaire de la langue francaise, this is a
>>Corsican saying: "La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid"
>A quick glance at the Web shows the following purported 'ethnicities' for
>this 'proverb':
>"English" [supposedly according to Mencken]
>"Italian" [apparently the name of a 1971 movie "La Vendetta e un Piatto Che
>Si Serve Freddo"]
>"Sicilian" [apparently claimed in a Puzo novel]

It's cited (as an old Sicilian proverb) in The Godfather (1972),
although that obviously doesn't prove provenance.


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