Ridentem dicere verum: quid vetat?  

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Ridentem dicere verum: vetat quid? is a Latin phrase featured in the Sermones (Book I, 1, 24) by Horace.

The book Latin for the Illiterati translates it as "what prevents a person from speaking the truth while laughing?"

The spirit of this phrase can be noted in the works of Rabelais and Lucian of Samosata.

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