Definition of the wish is father to the thought in US English:

the wish is father to the thought

phrase

proverb
  • We believe a thing because we wish it to be true.

    • ‘Well, sometimes the wish is father to the thought.’
    • ‘It seems with England that the wish is father to the thought while the Australians see what they have at their disposal and work from there.’
    • ‘So often on both sides the wish is father to the thought.’
    • ‘I'm confident the war won't last much longer dearest and not merely because the wish is father to the thought.’
    • ‘Where the wish is father to the thought such logic is convincing.’