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Synonyms of You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink ? Options
munziradnan
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 8:15:48 PM
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What are synonyms of You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink ?

thanks in advance
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 8:50:23 PM

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It means basically that there are some things that you cannot force someone to do.

Other examples might be:
You can give a toy car to a little boy, but you cannot force him to play with it.
You can pay for piano lessons for a child, and even carry him to the lessons, but you cannot make him learn.
You can provide free medical assistance to help people overcome drug addiction, but (without changing the law dramatically) you cannot stop people from killing themselves by taking drugs.
There are existing power sources that do not pollute the atmosphere. You can educate people and provide the opportunity, but (without changing the law) you cannot force people to use power ethically.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 10:27:50 AM

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You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 12:49:17 PM

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Applause ... *Groan* ...Applause

Applause and groans at the same time...rarely does that happen.
chuckc4th
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 3:23:55 AM
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You cannot make a horse drink, but you can drown it trying.
TL Hobs
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:12:32 PM
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"You can always lead a horse to water, but only God can make a tree."

Tovarish
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:36:49 PM
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Great one Exy, you can also 'Flog/beat a dead horse', yet still the horse will not get up.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:39:33 PM

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Not my own - D. Parker, or one of the other Alquonquin set, lay claim to that one.
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