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as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined

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

incline (one's) ear

To listen intently, attentively, and receptively (to what someone is saying). the phrase is used in several places in the Bible, usually in reference to listening to God. You need to learn to incline your ear to the words of wisdom your elders have to offer. The representative pleaded with world leaders to incline their ears to her country's distress.
See also: ear, incline

inclined to (do something)

Likely or apt to do something. I hope the boss isn't inclined to fire the person responsible for the printing error. Oh, I'm always inclined to have a piece of cake—let's see the dessert menu!
See also: inclined

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

inclined to do something

to tend to do something; to lean toward doing something. Tom is inclined to tell jokes when he is with a group of people. I am inclined to go to the beach tomorrow if it doesn't rain.
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inclined to

Tending or disposed toward, as in I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. [Mid-1300s]
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He is inclined to reciprocate these warm advances, except that his fantasies of her keep being interrupted by a call to arms after one more invasion of evil orcs.
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Inclined planes on which empty wagons on transporters were hauled up the mountain while loaded wagons descended, were a distinctive feature of the Welsh slate industry.
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Religion, like anything else, is not inclined to bite the hand that feeds it.