birds of a feather flock together

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The expression appears to have surfaced in the 16th century, allegedly a literal translation of Plato's Republic.[1] In 1545, William Turner wrote a version of the expression in the Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together."

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birds of a feather flock together

  1. People of similar character, background, or taste tend to congregate or associate with one another.

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  1. ^ http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.2.i.html
  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 31.