There is a proverb in my language which says: "You have to face the consequences of your actions; good or bad." I was wondering if someone could let me know if the following proverbs sound natural to indicate the same concept. If not, then I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what shall I say to make the best sense (using a common proverb) in AmE:

  • They that dance must pay the fiddler.

  • As you make your bed you must lie on it.

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I like this idiom:

face the music

You say this when you must confront the unpleasant consequences of your actions. For more example, fallow this link.

Another idiom that sounds somewhat similar to your first example would be:

pay the piper

It basically means the same thing as face the music.

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