Intentions Proverbs

Sayings about Intentions

To do things wrong with best intentions is better than acting to the letter of the law with evil intentions. ~ Hebrew Proverb

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. ~ English Proverbs

Let a wrong-doing repeat itself at least three times: the first may be an accident, the second a mistake, but the third is likely to be intentional. ~ African Proverb

If your motive is good, a farting donkey won’t harm you. ~ Omani Proverb

I have no sword; I make no mind my sword. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Hell is paved with good intentions, roofed in with lost opportunities. ~ Portuguese Proverbs

He who covers up his mistakes intends to make some more. ~ Chinese Proverb

Quotations about Intentions

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be “happy” is not included in the plan of “Creation.” ~ Sigmund Freud

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment. ~ Dorothea Brande

Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer. ~ Len Deighton

No matter how brilliant an action, it should not be considered great unless it was the result of a great motive. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The intention of never deceiving often exposes us to deception. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions. ~ Lord Byron

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. ~ William A. Foster

That is the principal thing: not to remain with the dream, with the intention, with the being in the mood, but always forcibly to convert it into all things. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage. ~ Henry Fielding

If religion might be judged of according to men’s intentions, there would scarcely be any idolatry in the world. ~ Joseph Hall

One of the hardest things to do in life is to listen without intent to reply. ~ Author Unknown

Many good purposes lie in the churchyard. ~ Philip Henry

Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

You must decide where you are going in the evening, if you intend to leave early in the morning. ~ Malian Proverb

It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state. ~ Ching Ning Chu

Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself, and passion has its dreams. ~ Oscar Wilde

I’d rather attempt to do great things and blow it, than succeed at meaningless things and just get by. ~ Author Unknown

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. ~ Albert Camus

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. ~ Warren G. Bennis

Be intent on the perfection of the present day. ~ William Law

The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world’s greatest events are not produced, they happen. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions. ~ George Washington

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself. ~ Author Unknown

There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it in practice. ~ Otto Von Bismarck

All that counts in life is intention. ~ Andrea Bocelli

Purposes, like eggs, unless they be hatched into action, will run into rottenness. ~ Samuel Smiles

The road of good intentions is paved with Hell. ~ Spencer Ante

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

By concentrating our attention on the effect rather than the causes, we can avoid the laborious, nearly impossible task of trying to detect and deflect the many psychological influences on liking. ~ Robert Cialdini

With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved. ~ William James

If it is good then the deed is more important than the intention; if it’s bad then the intention is worse than the deed. ~ Spanish Proverb

God has no intention of setting a limit to the efforts of man to conquer space. ~ Pius XII

What is the quality of your intent? ~ Thurgood Marshall

The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck. ~ B.C. Forbes

Simplicity is the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God, purity unites with and enjoys him. ~ Thomas a Kempis

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. ~ Author Unknown

Through faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, otherwise we are scattered abroad in multiplicity. ~ St. Augustine

Every act is to be judged by the intention of the agent. ~ Author Unknown

Our intention creates our reality. ~ Wayne Dyer

Intentions Proverbs

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