he laughs best who laughs last

he laughs best who laughs last

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 laughs best who laughs last. I've waited years for revenge for what you did to me. And now, your entire empire is in tatters. He laughs best who laughs last.
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References in classic literature ?
He laughs best who laughs last. Cromwell is mighty, Mazarin is tricky, but I would rather have to do with them than with the late Monsieur Mordaunt."
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