The wish is father to the thought
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.
the wish is father to the thoughtwe 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.