Living well is the best revenge.

A fine credo to live by. Noble, even. And win-win. You get your fine life, and you don’t debase yourself with some sort of tawdry act of revenge. And the other guy doesn’t have vengeance rain down on him.

I am not by nature a vengeful person. Which is not to say that I don’t hold grudges and fantasize about vengeance. But I don’t do anything about it. Instead, I say, “Living well is the best revenge,” and stay honest. And smug. I’m taking the high road.  I’m keepin’ it healthy.

But “living well is the best revenge” is like fruit for dessert. It’s tasty and it’s good for you, but it’s not chocolate. Chocolate is desert. Fruit is a mere stand-in. Unless it has chocolate on it. Then, it’s sweet revenge.

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Chocolate-Covered Revenge

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  1. “Revenge is a dish best served cold” means that the best revenge is one that happens so long after the original insult, the person doesn’t see it coming any more.

    For example, take the book/movie The Princess Bride. Inego Montoya searched and trained for 20 years to find the six fingered man. When he finally found him, his passion was just as heated as ever. However, the six fingered man was completely blindsided and didn’t even remember the Spanish swordmaker he’d slaughtered all those years ago. Suddenly there is this crazy man chasing him with a sword screaming about his dead father. That is a perfect example of revenge served cold.

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