if you would be well served, serve yourself

if you would be well served, serve yourself

1659 G. TORRIANO English & Italian Dict. 39 Who hath a mind to any thing let him go himself.

1706 J. STEVENS Spanish & English Dict. s.v. Querer, If you would be well serv’d, serve your self.

1871 J. E. AUSTEN-LEIGH Memoir of Jane Austen (ed. 2) ii. ‘If you would be well served, serve yourself.’ Some gentlemen took pleasure in being their own gardeners.

1981 Times 28 Apr. 15 Absurd that the important things in one’s life should be made by another person—‘One is never so well served as by oneself.’


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