The wish is father to the thought
Meaning: Our opinions or beliefs are often influenced by our desires and hopes. The phrase "father to" is used in the sense of parentage: the thought is born from the wish.Note: wish (noun): desire, hope | thought (noun): an idea or opinion in the mind
Origin: This proverb is based on Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part 2 (1597):
Prince Henry (Harry):
I never thought to hear you speak again.
King Henry IV:
Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought:
I stay too long by thee, I weary thee.
Quick Quiz:The saying "The wish is father to the thought" suggests that the way we think may depend on
- things that are further away
- what we want to happen
- how our parents think