on ne saurait faire boire un âne qui n'a pas soif

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "You can't force a donkey to drink when he's not thirsty".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɔ̃ n(ə) so.ʁɛ fɛʁ bwaʁ œ̃.n‿ɑn ki n‿a pɑ swaf/

Proverb[edit]

on ne saurait faire boire un âne qui n'a pas soif

  1. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink