Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop.

Synonym = on ne se refait pas.
Etymology:
“Drive off character, it comes back galloping”, a quote from the drama “Le Glorieux” (1732) by Philippe Néricault, also named Destouches. Likely inspired by a similar phrase by Horace in his 10th epistle: “Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret.” (“Though you drive out nature with a pitchfork, she will keep coming back.”)

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English Translation

A leopard cannot changes its spots.

I am not entirely convinced by the translation of this sentence! Seems a bit too abstract.

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