you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink

you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink

proverb You can't force someone to do something that they don't want to do, even if it's good for them. A: "I worked really hard to get Sean this interview, and he doesn't seem interested in it at all!" B: "Well, you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
See also: but, can, drink, horse, make, take, to
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