a leopard cannot change its spots

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One cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.
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Submitted on September 25, 2011

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Un leopardo no puede cambiar sus manchas

Un léopard ne peut pas changer ses tâches

egy leopárd nem tudja megváltoztatni a foltokat

נמר לא יכול לשנות את כתמיו

ヒョウはスポットを変えることができません

Um leopardo não pode mudar suas manchas

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