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like attracts like

People tend to seek out or be attracted to those that are similar or like-minded. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that John wants to find other Americans to hang out with. Like attracts like, after all. I know that like attracts like, but you should try associating with people with some more diverse perspectives on life.
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opposites attract

Unlike people tend to be drawn to each other. A: "I have no idea why Ben and Julia are together when they have such different interests." B: "Well, opposites attract, right?" I know firsthand that opposites attract because my wife and I are very different people and have a very happy marriage!
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you attract more flies with honey than vinegar

You are more apt to get the results you want when you use kindness, rather than anger or aggression. I think the kids would visit you more if you were nicer to them. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar, you know. A: "The board rejected my proposal!" B: "Well, maybe if you didn't scream at them every time something went wrong, they would be more eager to work with you. After all, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar."

attract to

To entice and thus draw toward. A noun can be used between "attract" and "to." Watch out, bees are attracted to those flowers! A nice business card can attract a lot of new clients to your company. My sister has always been attracted to fashion.
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attract (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

to draw or pull someone or something to someone or something else. The poster attracted a large number of people to the concert. The shouting attracted a lot of attention from the people who were nearby.
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ˌopposites atˈtract

used to say that people who are very different are often attracted to each other: ‘Aren’t you surprised that Peter and Sally are together?’ ‘A little. But they say opposites attract, don’t they?’
See also: attract, opposite

attract to

v.
1. To exert a force or influence on something that tends to draw it toward something else: Bright colors attract insects to flowers. Many different kinds of metal are attracted to magnets.
2. To arouse in someone or something an interest or desire for something else: I've always been attracted to movies from the 1960s.
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Black flies are attracted to dark, moving objects and are more prevalent in the morning.
To date, Third Frontier investments have leveraged $945 million in private and federal investment in Ohio, attracted or created more than 200 companies and retained or created more than 2,600 jobs with an average salary of more than $63,000 per year.
According to breakup, the Oil and Gas sector had attracted $ 3,216.
One of several falcons provided by the trainer is turned loose at the landfill at various times during the week to go after the sea gulls attracted by the garbage.
Aquino highlighted that Europeans, as well as luxury American brands, are not attracted to smaller projects with one or two stores, but instead prefer "clusters of retail.
His presence in Dresden and Cologne attracted wide-spread attention on German national television and in print media.
But there are others who do not feel a great need to get away from the world and are not going to be attracted to a church that presents itself that way.
You write, "Because magnesium is more strongly attracted to oxygen than to silicon, magnesium atoms elbow out the silicon .
House and fruit flies are attracted to the indoors because of food.
More people are attracted to a stock that they can buy for $50 than a stock that would cost them $100.
If fewer students select accounting as a major because of the 150-hour requirement, it could be that students attracted to accounting because it appears less demanding might choose another career with a shorter academic path.
A mansion, travel center, airport and nine other properties in the Lubbock area, where the auction attracted 57 bidders.
SYGMA is indicative of the nationally ranked firms that are attracted to Lancaster,'' Mayor Frank Roberts said.
Having opened its doors in 1998, the cold weather facility continues to operate in Timmins and has attracted engineers from the United States and Canada, as well as Japan.
Investors seeking high-risk returns are likely to be more attracted by countries further down the ranking, such as Russia and Turkey.