„The man who laughs has simply not yet had the terrible news.“

—  Bertolt Brecht, "To Those Born Later", part of the Svendborg Poems (1939) quoted in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 318 Variation: He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news. German: Wer jetzt noch lacht, hat die neuesten Nachrichten noch nicht gehört.
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