can the leopard change his spots?

can the leopard change his spots? - горбатого могила исправит; сколько волка не корми, он в лес смотрит

We're all wondering how to convey the meaning in modern English?

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Пт, 2004-07-30 23:10 — Samantha

You know, I think Americans would understand fully "can the leopard change his spots", as it is, although I am still trying to think of an equivalent.

Вс, 2004-08-01 11:45 — Vivi

Thanks, I was really beginning to think that the leopard-phrase is so outdated everyone actually forgot it. We clashed over the usage once upon a time, now I truly believe that some people do still use it.

And, I have another question. Is it true that 'can the leopard...' is interchangeable with 'old habits die hard'?

Сб, 2004-08-07 00:52 — Samantha

Yes! I think you've found your modern equivalent right there. ;)