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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
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Although you take a reptile and place it on a cushion it will seek a heap of dried leaves.  Tamil.  1
An ox remains an ox, even if driven to Vienna.  Hungarian.  2
Bad bird—bad egg.  German.  3
Bad egg—bad chick.  Dutch.  4
Bad the crow and bad the egg.  Greek.  5
Beware of breeds; i.e., an ill breed.  6
Birth is much, but breeding is more.  7
Do not rear a bird of a bad breed.  Portuguese.  8
Hatched in the same nest.  9
He that is born of a hen must scrape for a living.  10
No magpie hatches a pigeon.  German.  11
No matter how much you feed a wolf he will always return to the forest.  Russian.  12
That that comes of a cat will catch mice.  13
Vipers breed vipers.  14
We may not expect a good whelp from an ill dog.  15
What is born of a cat will catch mice.  Italian.  16
What is born of a hen will scrape.  Italian.  17
What is born of the serpent never loses its poison.  German.  18
Young cats will mouse, young apes will louse.  Danish.  19
 
 
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