The wish is father to the thought
This page is about the saying "The wish is father to the thought"
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.
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.
thought (noun): an idea or opinion in the mind
The saying "The wish is father to the thought" suggests that the way we think may depend on
Contributor: Josef Essberger