In Reply to: As the twig bends so bends the tree posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 04, 2009 at 22:59:
: : Does anyone know the derivation of the phrase "as the twig bends so bends the tree"?
: It's just an old proverb.The idea has been expressed in various ways for nearly five hundred years. E.g. in 1530: "A man may bend a wande while it is grene & make it straight though it be ne'er so crooked", and Alexander Pope in 1732: "'Tis Education forms the common mind, Just as the Twig is bent the Tree's inclined". (VSD)
The old proverb quoted by Steven Robles came to my ears in this form: "As the twig is bent, so bends the tree." There's no substantive difference there, and no doubt old proverbs get bent all the time. I don't know how one should decide which version to use unless an actual author can be tracked down, or there's near-unanimity as to what form to use.