Thursday, July 15, 2010

You Can Lead A Horse To Water But Can't Make Him Drink

We're trying to bring back some retro words and expressions. 
Feel free to join us in our mission.

The meaning of you can lead a horse to water but can't make him drink is that you can show someone the way but can't force them in their choices.  It also alludes to the common idea of the stubborn horse and that even the obvious best choice won't be taken by all. This expression dates from the 12th century and was included in a proverb collection by John Heywood in 1546.

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