The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Well-Known Expressions

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Meaning:

Children take after their parents.

Background:

The first recorded use in the USA was by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1839. Emerson's original profession was as a Unitarian minister, but he left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking and became one of America's best known 19th century figures.

Versions of this proverb can also be found earlier, in works written in German, Russian and English.

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