“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” 「馬を水まで導くことはできても、水を飲ませることはできない。」


You can’t make people do what you want, even if you know what’s best. When you’re sure you know how to solve a problem, but people won’t listen to you, you might use this expression. You know the horse needs water, and you can show the horse where the water is, but there’s no way to force the horse to drink the water. You can give people good advice, but you can’t make them follow your advice.