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live by the sword, die by the sword

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  • One who uses violence can expect a violent response. It is better to try to use peaceful means wherever possible.
  • One can expect dire outcomes from any vice; used to convey poetic justice.

Etymologies

1611, King James Version of the Bible, Gospel of Matthew, 26:52 (Wiktionary)

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