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hate begets hate

proverb If you treat someone with anger, malice, or hatred, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and treat people as kindly as possible, even if they've wronged me in the past. Hate only ever begets hate, after all. It just feels like people only want to attack and tear down anyone with an opposing opinion these days. But hate begets hate, and all we seem to be getting is an ever-rising sea of ill will between each other.
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kindness begets kindness

proverb If you treat someone kindly, they will likely reciprocate in a similar fashion. Maybe you should be nicer to Arthur if you want him to treat you better. Kindness begets kindness, you know. When I was a barista, it made my day when people would pay it forward. Kindness really begets kindness.
See also: beget, kindness

love begets love

proverb If you show love, kindness, and goodwill toward someone, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I feel like we as a people are losing the notion that love begets love these days, choosing instead to attack or criticize other people as our default reaction. I've always taken the stance that love begets love, and, in my own experience, anyway, it has always borne out to be true.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Love begets love.

Prov. If you behave lovingly to other people, they will behave lovingly to you. Child: I hate Tammy! She's always mean to me. Father: If you're nicer to her, maybe she'll change her ways. Love begets love.
See also: beget, love
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Homoians admit that "begetter" and "begotten" might well be relational terms in the same way that "father" and "son" are.
The obscurity of Star Begotten is regrettable because Wells's novel is delightful to read, particularly the dialogues between Joseph Davis, Holdman Stedding, and Ernest Keppel.
Star Begotten is about how an intelligent man can become so possessed by a ridiculous idea that he becomes a fool and starts to disseminate his folly.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the Only Begotten Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
It seems that Roth has inadvertently begotten a whole platoon of boys who like to pack rooms full of junk.
Built into both the system and society is a structural imbalance akin to the Olsonian accumulation of interest groups: Each government program and subsidy is begotten by, or begets, an interest group that cares much more about keeping it than anyone else cares about killing it.
Rather, "the Father begets the Son in or by the Holy Spirit, who proceeds then from the Father as the one in whom the Son is begotten" (ix).
"Ask a man for change, he philosophises on the Begotten and the Unbegotten; ask the price of bread, you are told 'the Father is greater, the Son inferior;' ask if the bath is ready, they say the Son is made from nothing"--On the Divinity of the Son and the Holy Spirit 3.
Our sinful disobedience should only receive his judgment but He shows His love as explained in 1 John 4:``This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.
It was the fear that he, the only begotten Son, who loved the Father as no one had ever loved before, could be 'forsaken,' 'rejected,' even 'cursed' by that Father.
Dia has begotten other far-flung success, including Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, in New Mexico.
For one, it has begotten a passivity that has allowed a judiciary elite to usurp a role that belongs to the Canadian people--at least within a democracy.
John uses a description that nobody else uses for Jesus: "only begotten son." There's only one son of God, and that is Jesus.
This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of God is begotten in us." (Meister Eckhart, 13th-century Rhineland mystic)
As for charges of anti-Semitism, these are to be expected, and to be seen for what they are: subterfuge, noisy attempts to deny the Truth which is this: that God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.