Boys will be boys

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"That's the way it is; there's no help for it. The remark of a parent whose son has been caught breaking windows, upending trash cans, throwing snowballs at car windows and whatever else boys might do. Boys have been boys for a long time, as indicated by similar expressions appearing in print as early as 1589. A few years later (1597) Thomas Deloney, in 'A Gentle Craft,' made the indictment more general: 'Youth will be youth.'"
  — From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).