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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tending or disposed toward, as in I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. [Mid-1300s]