Wednesday, 19 December 2007

You can...but you can't.

I'm in tidy up mode on my computer at the moment. In the process I found a training lecture I did some years ago on how to deal with negative people.

In it was the following observation:

Yes, you lead a horse to water. And, no, you can't make him drink.

But you can put salt in his oats.


  1. A manual of oblique parenting motivational techniques, there's a good winter project. Oh I'm so glad my computer's working again!

  2. Then there is the story of Dorothy Parker who, when asked to use the word 'horticulture' in a sentence, said:

    "You can take a horticulture but you can't make her think".

    Slightly off topic, sorry.

  3. i must remember the salt in the oats bit when I'm struggling to get a second grader to do what he must rather than what he wants...

  4. Algernon Sidney montagu21 December 2007 at 00:14

    Hi Lee,

    Reminds me of the old line, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't lead a horticulture !!"


    Algernon Sidney Montagu


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