While we're waiting for our staff musicians to tune their instruments...(*1),
Success is the best revenge.
...let's explore the origins of this quote (*2)
(1) ...that is, killing time until the ad on Youtube finishes.
(2)Attributed to the Englishman George Herbert, a 17th century Anglican priest who also made significant literary contributions, the same sentiment is also expressed in a French proverb.
The exact wording of the George Herbert quote is: "Right living is the best revenge." With the virtuous "right living" replacing the comparatively vulgar "success," it does indeed sound more sermonesque. If I really wanted revenge on someone, I'd mentally give them the back of my hand with a curl of my lip and a haughty "Le succès à tout prix."
And then I'd show them. (**1)
"Ahoy there, all my imaginary friends following me & my blog!
Hop right in!
"Get ready for the ride of my life."