if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride
if wishes were horses, (then) beggars might ride
One must work for the things one wants, not merely wish for them to come true; wishing for something won't make it happen. A: "I just wish I was earning a little bit more money than I do now." B: "Well, if wishes were horses, beggars might ride." The president said he wishes the country would be more united on this issue, but if wishes were horses, then beggars might ride.
if wishes were horses, beggars would rideif 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.