as you make your bed, so you must lie upon it

Cf. late 15th-cent. Fr. comme on faict son lict, on le treuve, as one makes one’s bed, so one finds it.

c 1590 G. HARVEY Marginalia (1913) 88 Lett them..go to there bed, as themselues shall make it.

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 340 He that makes his bed ill, lies there.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 16 As you make your bed, so you lye down. According to your Conditions you have your Bargain.

1832 S. WARREN Diary of Late Physician II. vi. As soon as his relatives..heard..they told him..that as he had made his bed, so he must lie upon it.

1921 A. P. HERBERT House by River v. There’s no doubt she was out with one of them..and went further than she meant,..but if you make your bed you must lie on it.

1997 Spectator 29 Nov 14 Your mother says serves you right, you’ve made your bed and now you lie on it, I never liked him.


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