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Do you have an equivalent English idiom for this Arabic one?

In Egypt we have an Arabic idiom which literally says "He who hunts for ghosts should know how to get rid of them". It actually means that you should never attempt to do something which you couldn't bear its consequences.

So, my question is: "Is there an English idiom that has the same meaning?"

Thanks in advance :)

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I'm not sure if it's exactly the same, but the first that comes to my mind is:

"If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen."

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Chaiya Eitan Chaiya Eitan (0) on 10/10/13

Nate Hill - that's the one that I was thinking of!

Nate Hill Nate Hill (2) on 10/10/13

Great minds think alike 😉 

That's perfect Nate, many thanks :)

Ramon Aflakian Ramon Aflakian (0) on 17/10/13

Here is one, but not the exact equivalent: "One who soups with the devil should have a long spoon"

Hi Ramon, I think this is the one I was really looking for :) Thank you :) 

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You've made your bed; you'll have to lie in it.

If he makes the bed, he'll have to lie in it.

He who makes the bed has to lie in it.

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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

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Don't fly too close to the sun.

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If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!

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Don't bite off more than you can chew.

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