"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride" is a 16th century English nursery rhyme. It is also a proverb, whose meaning is that simply wishing for something is not sufficient to make it happen; action is required as well.Know More
The proverb is similar to one recorded in "Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine" by William Camden (1551-1623): "If wishes were thrushes beggars would eat."
The first occurrence of the rhyme as it is known today was in a collection of English nursery rhymes by James Orchard Halliwell, published in the 1840s. However, its final line was slightly different, ending with "if ifs and ands were pots and pans, there'd surely be dishes to do," instead of "if ifs and ands were pots and pans, the tinker would never work."Learn more about Folklore
The tragic love story of "Swan Lake" is about a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. During the day she must swim as a swan in a lake of tears. At night she may be human again, but her spell can only be broken by a virgin prince who swears his eternal fidelity to her.Full Answer >
The moral of "Cinderella" is that people should always fight for what they want with a good heart and hard work. Cinderella is never negative or angry due to how poorly her stepsisters and stepmother treat her, and she keeps working hard despite things seeming hopeless.Full Answer >
There are endless amounts of fantasy creatures but among the most common are dragons, trolls, centaurs, and giants. Additional fantasy creatures include elves, unicorns, fairies, minotaurs, mermaids and hobbits. Fantasy creatures are often one of the most-engaging and wonderful elements within works of fantasy.Full Answer >
The Jack Sprat of the famous nursery rhyme about eating fat and lean is likely not a real person. Rather, the content of the rhyme seems related to the contrast between two people who like dramatically different things and yet complement each other because of these differences.Full Answer >