|From hence, let fierce contending nations know,|
What dire effects from civil discord flow.
AddisonCato. Act V. Sc. 4.
|As you sow y are like to reap.|
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 504.
|The thorns which I have reapd are of the tree|
I plantedthey have torn meand I bleed!
I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
ByronChilde Harold. Canto IV. St. 10.
|Tantas veces va el cantarillo à la fuente.|
The pitcher goes so often to the fountain (that it gets broken).
CervantesDon Quixote. I. 30. Tant va li poz au puis quil brise. Quoted by Gautier de Coinci. Early 13th century.
|Al freir de los huevos lo vera.|
It will be seen in the frying of the eggs.
CervantesDon Quixote. 1. 37.
|Ut sementem feceris, ita metes.|
As thou sowest, so shalt thou reap.
CiceroDe Oratore. II. 65.
|O! lady, we receive but what we give,|
And in our life alone doth nature live;
Ours is her wedding-garment, ours her shroud!
ColeridgeDejection. An Ode. IV.
|From little spark may burst a mighty flame.|
DanteParadise. Canto I. L. 34.
| Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went beforeconsequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.|
George EliotAdam Bede. Ch. XVI.
|A bad ending follows a bad beginning.|
EuripidesFrag. Melanip. (Stobus.)
|So comes a reckning when the banquets oer,|
The dreadful reckning, and men smile no more.
GayWhat Dye Callt? Act II. Sc. 4.
|That from small fires comes oft no small mishap.|
HerbertThe Temple. Artillierie.
| They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.|
Hosea. VIII. 7.
|By their fruits ye shall know them.|
Matthew. VII. 20.
|What dire offence from amrous causes springs,|
What mighty contests rise from trivial things.
PopeRape of the Lock. Canto I. Contests is quarrels in first ed. Same idea in ErasmusAdagia. ClaudianusIn Rufinum. II. 49.
|Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.|
Proverbs. XXVI. 27.
| Contentions fierce,|
Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause.
ScottPeveril of the Peak. Ch. XL.
| Great floods have flown|
From simple sources.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 142.
| Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled oer, should undo a man?|
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 85.
|Striving to better, oft we mar whats well.|
King Lear. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 369.
|Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.|
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. I. 55.
|O most lame and impotent conclusion!|
Othello. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 162.
| Every unpunished delinquency has a family of delinquencies.|
|The evening shows the day, and death crowns life.|
John WebsterA Monumental Column. Last line.
|The Fates are just: they give us but our own;|
Nemesis ripens what our hands have sown.
WhittierTo a Southern Statesman. (1864).
|The blood will follow where the knife is driven,|
The flesh will quiver where the pincers tear.
YoungThe Revenge. Act V.