← French Proverbs

On ne fait pas boire un âne qui n'a pas soif

English translation of On ne fait pas boire un âne qui n'a pas soif

You can't make a donkey drink if it's not thirsty

This proverb means that you can't force someone to do something if they don't want to or aren't ready to. It insists on the idea of free will and the importance of personal motivation in accomplishing tasks.

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