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Like breeds like a particular kind of event may well be the genesis of a similar occurrence; proverbial saying, mid 16th century.

like will to like proverbial saying, late 14th century, meaning that those of similar nature and inclination are drawn together. A similar idea is found in Homer's Odyssey, ‘the god always brings like to like’, and the writings of the Roman orator and statesman Cicero (106–43 bc), ‘according to the old proverb equals most easily mix together.’

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