He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

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Many of us are familiar with the proverb “He who laughs last, laughs best.” (which is probably from the  Italian proverb “Ride bene chi ride l’ultimo”). The following are some more thoughts about last laughs.

“He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news.” – Bertolt Bretcht

“He who laughs last, thinks slowest.” – Anon.

“He who laughs last didn’t get it.” – Helen Giangregorio

“He who laughs last has planned to tell the story first.” – Lane Olinghouse

“He who laughs, lasts.” – George F. Worts

“Better the last smile than the first laughter.” – John Ray

“He who laughs last, laughs the laughiest.” – Louise Rennison

“He who laughs last probably made a back up.” – Anon.

“He who laughs best today, will also laugh last.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“He who laughs last gets the first laugh after the guy who laughs before him. And if he laughs that time then imagine how good the laugh will be when you last laugh last.” – Michael Kyle, from the show My Wife and Kids

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

18 thoughts on “He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

    1. It’s almost impossible to find attributions to proverbs since they tend to have several parallels from different cultures. For example, the there’s a Chinese proverb similar to this dating back more than two millennia ago.

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      1. Very true.
        Also, anything you hear as a kid doesn’t come with attributions. People just adopt these things and throw them around in casual conversation. Sometimes wording changes slightly from place to place or generation to generation.

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