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Old November 23, 2009, 08:10 PM
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If you raise crows, they'll peck out your eyes.
Breed crows, and they'll take out your eyes.

A possible equivalent, but not an idiomatic expression:
You can take an animal out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of an animal.

Mira aquí. This is the closest fit I could find, but it only works if you take 'good intentions' out of it. We usually associate this saying with sowing bad acts and reaping the same in the end.
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