you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink
Even favorable circumstances won't force one to do something one doesn't want to, as in We've gotten all the college catalogs but he still hasn't applied—you can lead a horse to water. This metaphoric term dates from the 12th century and was in John Heywood's proverb collection of 1546. It is so well known that it is often shortened, as in the example.
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Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Urbanity ushers in water that needs no apology, and gives a zest to the worst vintage.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
The two women had no intention of bathing; they had just strolled down to the beach for a walk and to be alone and near the water.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin