the wish is father to the thought

the wish is father to the thought

People are more inclined to believe that which they wish or hope to be true. She's convinced that all of the company was getting ready to promote her, but to my it looks like the wish is the father to the thought. My father always said that people only believed in religion because of the desire to spend eternity in heaven, and the wish is father to the thought.
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The wish is father to the thought.

Prov. People sometimes come to believe something that they wish were true. Jane hoped that her boss would resign, and the wish was father to the thought. Soon she had told everyone in the office that she was sure her boss was leaving.
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the wish is father to the thought

we believe a thing because we wish it to be true.
This expression is used by Shakespeare in 2 Henry IV: ‘Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought’. However, observations on this kind of self-delusion are found in much earlier writings, including those of Julius Caesar and Demosthenes.
1980 Alice Thomas Ellis The Birds of the Air Somewhere in that area of the human mind where the wish is father to the thought activity was taking place. Hunter, Barbara decided, had wangled this invitation in order to be with her.
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the wish is father to the ˈthought

(saying) we believe a thing because we want it to be trueThis phrase was used in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV.
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