as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined

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as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined

proverb One's actions as an adult are dictated by behaviors learned in childhood. I can't believe she still doesn't listen to other people. I guess it's true that as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree, twig
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.

Prov. A grown person will act the way he or she was taught to act as a child. Alice's parents thought it was cute when she threw tantrums, and you'll notice that she still throws tantrums now that she's grown up. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined. Don't encourage your son to be so greedy. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree, twig
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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