the apple never falls far from the tree

Apparently of Eastern origin, it is frequently used to assert the continuity of family characteristics. Quot. 1839 implies return to one’s original home. Cf. 16th-cent. Ger. der Apfel fellt nicht gerne weit vom Baume, the apple does not usually fall far from the tree.

1839 EMERSON Letter 22 Dec. (1939) II. 243 As men say the apple never falls far from the stem, I shall hope that another year will draw your eyes and steps to this old dear odious haunt of the race.

1939 H. W. THOMPSON Body, Boots & Britches xix. As a..farmer remarked, ‘If you breed a pa’tridge, you’ll git a pa’tridge.’ Another way of setting that truth forth is,..‘An apple never falls far from the tree.’

1981 Women’s Journal Apr. 179 He’s a fool, Muffie, as his father was. The apple never falls far from the tree.

2001 Washington Post 28 June C10 The social worker had summed up the child’s future: ‘Don’t expect to do miracles. An apple can’t fall too far from the tree.’


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