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From hence, let fierce contending nations know,
  What dire effects from civil discord flow.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 4)

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
      - Bible, Hosea (ch. VIII, v. 7)

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
      Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
        Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 16-20)

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 27)

Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one.
      - George Henry Borrow, Lavengro (ch. 92)

As you sow y' are like to reap.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto II, l. 504)

The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree
  I planted--they have torn me--and I bleed!
    I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 10)

The pitcher goes so often to the fountain (that if gets broken).
  [Sp., Tantas veces va el cantarillo a la fuente.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (I, 30)

It will be seen in the frying of the eggs.
  [Sp., Al freir de los huevos lo vera.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (I, 37)

As thou sowest, so shalt thou reap.
  [Sp., Ut sementem feceris, ita metes.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De 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!
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Dejection--An Ode

From little spark may burst a mighty flame.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Paradiso
         (canto I, l. 34)

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.
      - Albert Einstein

Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went before--consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Adam Bede (ch. XVI)

A bad ending follows a bad beginning.
      - Euripides, Frag. Melanip. (Stoboeus)

So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,
  The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more.
      - John Gay, The What D'ye Call It
         (act II, sc. 9)

That from small fires comes oft no small mishap.
      - George Herbert, The Temple--Artillerie

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.
      - Vince Lombardi

Everyone is bound to bear patiently the results of his own example.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs,
  What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto I, l. 1)

The ends must justify the means.
      - Matthew Prior

Sure of the Spring that warms them into birth,
  The golden germs thou trustest to the Earth;
    Heed'st thou as well to sow in Time the seeds
      Of Wisdom for Eternity--good deeds?
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Contentious fierce,
  Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak
         (ch. XL)

So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown
  When judges have been babes; great floods have flown
    From simple sources, and great seas have dried
      When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Helena at II, i)

Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings, but I say 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mind own man since.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Cade at IV, ii)

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