he who laughs last, laughs best

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he who laughs last, laughs best

The person who has the final, decisive move or victory in a feud, quarrel, or competition is the only one who is truly successful. He may have won this round, but I'm going to come back in the final. He who laughs last, laughs best. I've waited years for revenge for what you did to me, but he who laughs last, laughs best. Now, your entire empire is in tatters.
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In an interview with the "Free Lebanon" radio station, Geagea said "I cannot find any explanation for the campaign by some of those 'yellow press' and 'yellow faces', except that an attempt to mitigate the win, the size or the drive of their opponent through the dissemination of fabricated news and rumors," stressing that "he who laughs last laughs best."
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