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der Vater des Gedankens

English translation: wish is the father of thought

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German term or phrase:Wunsch der Vater des Gedankens
English translation:wish is the father of thought
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12:57 May 11, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
German term or phrase: der Vater des Gedankens
Warum also sollte ich ihm soetwas sagen? Hier ist wohl mehr der Wunsch der Vater des Gedankens. Assistance appreciated!!
Georg
wish is father to the thought
Explanation:
Found at google.com:

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me", you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare;
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Vidmantas Stilius
Local time: 17:46
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Summary of answers provided
na... the wish is father to the thought
Alexander Schleber
nawish is father to the thought
Vidmantas Stilius
nathe thought is driven by desire
Elinor Thomas
naMaybe - wishful thinking
Anthony Frey


  

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3 mins
Maybe - wishful thinking


Explanation:
More context would be helpful, ie. what is the background of this discourse. Nonetheless, it sounds like wishful thinking to me.
Good luck!

Anthony Frey
United States
Local time: 10:46
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 444
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5 mins
the thought is driven by desire


Explanation:
It means that XYZ person's thought is being driven by desire.

Hope this helps! :-)

Elinor Thomas
Local time: 12:46
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 80
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6 mins
wish is father to the thought


Explanation:
Found at google.com:

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me", you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare;


    Reference: http://www.shakespeare.about.com/library/weekly/aa042400a.ht...
Vidmantas Stilius
Local time: 17:46
Native speaker of: Native in LithuanianLithuanian
PRO pts in pair: 154
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10 mins
... the wish is father to the thought


Explanation:
that's what the Oxford Duden says.

To quiote from Shapespeare:

"if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to the
thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin air ....

Nice!



Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 16:46
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2340

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