Can you suggest similar quotation to 'as you sow so shall you reap'Can you suggest similar quotation to 'as you sow so shall you reap'

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The first saying that comes to my mind is "What goes around, comes around." I also think of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

The saying that you cite is a pervasive theme in literature. I'm not sure exactly where it originated, but the fable of the ant and the grasshopper is the earliest version of it that I am aware of. The ant literally sowed nothing...

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Voltaire, who wrote Candide ends his satire of the then-popular philosophy of Optimism with his character noting "Chacun doit cultiver son jardin," or "Each person must cultivate his own garden." 

In other words, each person is reponsible for his own results.  In addition, this remark suggests that each person must find his own values; he must sow what he feels is most important, what will serve him best, rather than blindly accepting some popular belief.

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You made your bed then you lie in it

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spaceelaci | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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How about "What goes around, comes around"?

You get what you give.

Garbage in, garbage out.


Hope this helps. :)

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slhawkins1 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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The quotation has several other saying or quotations that are similar. 

-You get what back what you give

- treat others as you wish to be treated

- Before the reward there must be labor (Ralph Ransom)

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