if wishes were horses, beggars would ride

if wishes were horses, (then) beggars would ride

You have to work for the things you want, no merely wish for them to come true; wishing for something won't make it happen. A: "I just wish I earned a little bit more money than I do now." B: "Well, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride." The president said he wishes the country would be more united on this issue, but if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride."
See also: beggar, if, ride, wish

if wishes were horses, beggars would ride

if you could achieve your aims simply by wishing for them, life would be very easy. proverb
This expression was first recorded in the early 17th century as a Scottish proverb.
See also: beggar, if, ride, wish

if wishes were ˌhorses, beggars would/might ˈride

(saying) wishing for something does not make it happen
See also: beggar, if, might, ride, wish
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