138 Good Intentions Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Good Intentions Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Bad decisions, good intentions. — Drake

What is the quality of your intent? — Thurgood Marshall

We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions. — Stephen Covey

I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were. — Sitting Bull

The intention makes the crime. — Aristotle

I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions. — Morgan Freeman

Although actions may speak louder than words, it is our intentions that reveal our soul. — Hal Elrod

The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results. — Thomas Sowell

Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions. — Jordan Belfort

And yet, sometimes facts are no more than pitiful consequences, because guilt does not reside in our acts but in the intentions that give rise to our act. Everything turns on our intentions. — Sándor Márai

Short Good Intentions Quotes

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  • Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. — Peter Drucker
  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
  • No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well. — Margaret Thatcher
  • In hospty, the chief thing is the good will — Greek Proverbs
  • There was nothing more dangerous than people convinced of their own good intentions. — Laura Lippman
  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
  • Medicine is intention. Those who are proficient at using intention are good doctors. — Sun Simiao
  • I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. — Augusten Burroughs
  • A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs. — Paul Newman
  • Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity. — Xunzi

Top 10 Good Intentions Quotes

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Bad decisions, good intentions. — Drake

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. — Peter Drucker

Holiness is not merely a feeling, state of mind, or good intention. It involves practical separation from sin and real separation unto God. — Paul Washer

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well. — Margaret Thatcher

There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters — Daniel Webster

Start your day with good intentions and set yourself up for a good attitude. It's not what happens to you that matters but how you respond. — Ken Blanchard

Nowhere is wisdom more necessary than in the guidance of charitable impulses. Meaning well is only half our duty; Thinking right is the other, and equally important, half. — Samuel Gridley Howe

In hospty, the chief thing is the good will — Greek Proverbs

There was nothing more dangerous than people convinced of their own good intentions. — Laura Lippman

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Good intentions quote by Augusten Burroughs

I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. — Augusten Burroughs

Good intentions quote I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

A Man With Good Intentions Quotes

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If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life. Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. — Aristotle

If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life. — Henry David Thoreau

There's a road to hell that is paved with good intentions but it's a long route. The quicker path is paved with the kind of ignorance that clever men who just don't want to know are best at. — Mark Lawrence

Good intentions quote People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep t
People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.

The man who begins to speculate in stocks with the intention of making a fortune usually goes broke, whereas the man who trades with a view of getting good interest on his money sometimes gets rich. — Charles Dow

Paved With Good Intentions Quotes

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Hell is paved with good intentions. — John Ray

Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well. — George Bernard Shaw

It has been more wittily than charitably said that hell is paved with good intentions; they have their place in heaven also. — Robert Southey

Good intentions quote I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions
I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions

Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. — Aldous Huxley

The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour. — Hubert H. Humphrey

The road to conservation is paved with good intentions that often prove futile, or even dangerous, due to a lack of understanding of either land or economic land use. — Aldo Leopold

Good intentions quote The smallest good deed is better than the grandest invention.
The smallest good deed is better than the grandest invention.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. — Samuel Johnson

The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes — Julie Powell

The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs. — Ernest Hemingway

I don't give a damn if I go to hell. I love you Satan. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. — Madonna Ciccone

Always Have Good Intentions Quotes

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I have always maintained that if you work hard, it wont go waste, as recognition will come to you at some stage, whether in studies or sports. You need to have good intentions and intent to move ahead in life as well as in sports. — Suresh Raina

Now the melancholy of God protect thee, and the tailor make thy doublet of changable taffata, for thy mind is a very opal. I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything, and their intent everywhere, for that's it, that always makes a good voyage of nothing. — William Shakespeare

It's easy to explain away evil. We have a free choice, and our greatest blessing is also our greatest curse, because I don't always make good choices. Other people make bad choices. I make bad choices. And sometimes we hurt other people. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. — Rick Warren

Good intentions quote Good intentions might sound nice, but it's positive actions that matter.
Good intentions might sound nice, but it's positive actions that matter.

I'm not too good with packing. I always have every intention of doing it the week before and then leave it until the last moment - but at least I do it myself, I don't leave it to the missus. — Andrew Flintoff

If You Have Good Intentions Quotes

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If our mind is in conflict, not balanced with our body and with the needs of the soul, then there is a fundamental disunity in our life. Only if we have unity within ourselves, we can create unity in the world around us. You can't give something you don't have, even if you have all good intentions — Radhanath Swami

It's like in politics: You can have great intentions for the world, but if you're not a good speaker and if you're not the sort of person that people can intimately link with, then it makes it very easy to say, "Well, they're not a nice person." — Tom Felton

It's not enough to have good intentions. If you want to be a good person, you have to make good decisions all the time and live a life that's worth living and that you can be proud of, and that's what I wanted. — Benjamin Booker

Good intentions quote A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Whether the Republicans intentions are good or evil - I pretty much assume that they're evil - but no matter what, man, when the people in charge make giant mistakes, everyone suffers. Even if they do have good intentions, when you make giant mistakes, it's a bad thing. — Aaron McGruder

Even if you actually have the good intent to do something creative or special with your life, it's hard. I mean, look at the number of people who actually get the opportunity. — Katy Perry

Having Good Intentions Quotes

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When things go wrong or dont turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions. — Blake Shelton

Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous. For example, if I have evil intent and I galvanize that evil intent with many others, the capacity to destroy is immense. Where goodness is the motive, unity is phenomenal and actually has some good issues to it. — Ravi Zacharias

It is not good enough for things to be planned - they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation. — Walt Kelly

Good intentions quote A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation. — Pir Vilayat Khan

We all wear some disguise, make some professions, use some artifice, to set ourselves off as being better than we are; and yet it is not denied that we have some good intentions and praiseworthy qualities at bottom. — William Hazlitt

And I don't feel any fear in a sense, because I have every good intention in my heart. When you face up to bad things in the past, the most important thing is not to allow them to happen today or in the future, and as storytellers, we must play our part in that. — Michelle Yeoh

Good intentions have been the ruin of the world. The only people who have achieved anything have been those who have had no intentions at all. — Oscar Wilde

half the good intentions of my life have been frustrated by my unfortunate habit of putting things off till to-morrow. — Maria Edgeworth

You want my dark side? Have I ever stolen anything? Not so much intentionally. But I don't think it's so much stealing as... being a part of the flow of the universe. You know, where there's an exchange. It's positive. It's negative. There's an exchange of goods and services. — Bill Murray

It is important to direct our intelligence with good intentions. Without intelligence, we cannot accomplish very much. Without good intentions, the way we exercise of our intelligence may have destructive results. — Dalai Lama

Well-intentioned Quotes

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Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride! — Hunter S. Thompson

The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. — Hunter S. Thompson

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. — Carl Jung

It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son Christopher or my daughter Christina for reasons which are well known to them. — Joan Crawford

Conservatives consider liberals well-intentioned, but misguided. Liberals consider conservatives not only wrong, but really, really bad people. — Larry Elder

A loving silence often has more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. — Rachel Naomi Remen

In uniting yourself to God's will, you take on new life and gather great courage, willingly embracing the cross and kissing His hand even when it chastises you, a hand that reaches out to you in love and has no other intention but your greater spiritual well-being. — Paul of the Cross

One of the things I found is that the things we want to say for well-intentioned motives often cause more harm than good. People don't need our words. They mainly need our presence, they need our love. And if you come in too quickly with explanations, you may do more harm than good. — Philip Yancey

To those searching for truth -- not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is required. For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction -- faith in fiction is a damnable false hope. — Thomas A. Edison

Bad Intentions Quotes

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The real dirt is not outside, but inside, in our hearts. We can wash all stains with water. The only one we can't remove is the grudge and the bad intentions sticking to our hearts. — Shams Tabrizi

If you can hit your opponent with two punches, you don't hit him with one. Get off with some bad intentions in there. Believe in yourself. A guy can feel it if you don't believe in yourself. Set your mind to make yourself do it. — Cus D'Amato

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. — William Blake

I think I can deceive people. I'm like, the nice, sweet girl when you meet me. And I don't have any bad intentions. But I'm a bad girl too. — Alicia Silverstone

Boxing is entertainment, so to be successful a fighter must not only win but he must win in an exciting manner. He must throw punches with bad intentions. — Cus D'Amato

There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus the commandment: 'Judge not.' — Thomas S. Monson

All Freemasonry should be disbanded in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have bad intention for America and the World. — George Washington

Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions. — James C. Collins

A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result. — Thomas A. Edison

A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. — William Blake

Right Intention Quotes

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We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh. — Saint Francis de Sales

Don’t dismiss the synchronicity of what is happening right now finding its way to your life at just this moment. There are no coincidences in the universe, only convergences of Will, Intent, and Experience. — Neale Donald Walsch

The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man's intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye. — Hiram Powers

The world is awaiting your gift - all you have to do is show up with the right intention! — Lewis Howes

Music is there for us to explore. To intentionally limit yourself to one, two, or three genres is limitation at its worst. Music is huge; its a gigantic history lesson, and if you are true music fan or a musician, you should explore it. Its all right there in front of us. — Phil Anselmo

Judging others’ intentions is the right of God alone. We don’t have this right, and it is poor manners with God. — Habib Ali al-Jifri

Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now. — Jon Kabat-Zinn

We call an intention good which is right in itself, but the action is good, not because it contains within it some good, but because it issues from a good intention. — Peter Abelard

It's a woman's right to know a man's intentions upfront. Because, once you get emotionally attached to a man and you sleep with him, it's too late. — Steve Harvey

By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights the right to belong to a free trade union. — Ronald Reagan

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There are two kinds of Riya - Showing off-Ostentation ie pure ostentation and adulterated ostention. In pure ostentation "Riya" a man does a good deed only for worldly benefit. In Adulterated ostentation, a man does a good deed with the intention of reaping the benefits of the world as well as of the Hereafter. — Al-Ghazali

When you help people, don't wait around to hear them say, "Thank you." A lot of times we do good things, but in the back of our mind we're hoping to get some appreciation. But if you make your intentions pure, and you expect only from Allah, He will take more care of you than you could ever imagine. — Nouman Ali Khan

Of course we do not live in order to eat, but it is not really true to say that we eat in order to live; we eat because we are hungry. Desire has no further intentions behind it... it is a good will. — Emmanuel Levinas

I might be one of the most flamboyant characters New Zealand has ever seen, but my intentions are good, and I would like to see New Zealand flourish. — Kim Dotcom

But if you're doing something and you don't know why you're doing it, then it's good to reflect on the intentionality behind it. — Jay Shetty

How often it is that a small action becomes great by its intention. And how often it is that a great action becomes small by its intention. — Abdullah ibn Mubarak

I'm sick and tired of black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease. — Ralph Abernathy

For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defence in favour of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions. — Margaret Thatcher

How often we recall with regret that Napoleon once shot at a magazine editor and missed him and killed a publisher. But we remember with charity that his intentions were good. — Mark Twain

Trust is the confidence among team members that their peers' intentions are good, and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around the group. In essence, teammates are not comfortable being vulnerable with one another. — Patrick Lencioni

The Russians have repeatedly offered to settle. If you look at the Minsk accords, which the Russians offered to settle for, they look like a really good deal today. Let's be honest: it’s a US war against Russia, to essentially sacrifice the flower of Ukrainian youth in an abattoir of death and destruction for the geopolitical ambition of the neocons, oft-stated, of regime change for Vladimir Putin and exhausting the Russian military so that they can't fight anywhere else in the world. President Biden has said that was his intention — to get rid of Vladimir Putin. His Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, in April 2022, said that our purpose here is to exhaust the Russian army. What does that mean, exhaust? It means throwing Ukrainians at them. My son fought over there, side-by-side with the Ukrainians and we've sacrificed 300,000 of them. The commander of the special forces unit in the Ukraine, which is probably the most elite fighting force in Europe, has said 80% of his troops are dead or are wounded and they cannot rebuild the unit. Right now, the Russians are killing Ukrainians at a ratio of either 1:5 or 1:8, depending on what data you believe. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Justice for some people is an evil for others. Good intentions, kindness, and hope will not necessarily make people happy. — Gen Urobuchi

Since the early days of humankind, dancing was always an expression of feeling good, and making someone feel good is the main intention of DJ'ing. I don't see the point of playing a record that makes people stand there, look at you and say “Umm, very interesting — Paul van Dyk

Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it. — Milton Friedman

Old habits eat good intentions for lunch. Change your habits so you can change your outcomes. — Darren Hardy

...the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally - weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness. — Soren Kierkegaard

If the intention is unclean, the deed that follows from it will also be evil, even if it seems good. — Pope Gregory I

It is not a profession to be a pianist and musician. It is a philosophy, a conception of life that cannot be based on good intentions or natural talent. First and foremost there must be a spirit of sacrifice. — Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is. — Lao Tzu

Beneficence is a duty; and he who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized comes, at length, really to love him to whom he has done good. — Immanuel Kant

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. — Liberty Hyde Bailey

One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention. — Thomas Aquinas

You can talk all you want about having a clear purpose and strategy for your life, but ultimately this means nothing if you are not investing the resources you have in a way that is consistent with your strategy. In the end, a strategy is nothing but good intentions unless it's effectively implemented. — Clayton Christensen

Good intentions are not an excuse for maladministration of this magnitude. — Jean Chretien

Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions. — T. S. Eliot

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