a leopard can't change his spots

a leopard can't change its spots

One will stay true to one's nature, even if one pretends or claims otherwise. After our breakup, he came crawling back, trying to convince me that he'd changed, but I know that a leopard can't change its spots.
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a leopard can't change his spots

people can't change their basic nature. proverb
See also: change, leopard, spot
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