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Proverbs containing the word Wish

The wish is father to the thought

We soon believe what we want to believe. In World War II we called it 'wishful thinking', which is defined in The shorter Oxford English... Read more →

Many kiss the hand they wish to cut off

Don't be deceived by mere politeness, as people are often polite to those they intend to harm. Chaucer refers to 'the smiler with the knife... Read more →

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride

If we could achieve our aims by merely wishing, life would be very easy. This means the same as if 'ifs' and 'ans' were pots and pans…