You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
You can lead a horse to water (but you can't make him/it drink). something that you say which means you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to.

I made all the arrangements, bought the ticket, and even took him to the airport, but he just wouldn't get on the plane. Well, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.


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