Posted by ESC on December 18, 2010 at 15:08
In Reply to: As you make your bed... posted by Paul on December 18, 2010 at 10:17:
: What is the origin of: 'the way you make your bed is the way you lay in it'?
YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED, NOW LIE IN IT -- This phrase "has been traced back to about 1590 and is related to the fifteenth century French proverb 'Comme on faict son lict, on le treuve' (As one makes one's bed, so one finds it). It was included in George Herbert's collection of proverbs in 1640 and in James Kelly's collection in 1721. It was first attested in the United States in 'Cy Whittaker's Place' by J.S. Lincoln, and is found in varying forms..." Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman.