66+ Best Good Intentions Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Good Intentions Quotes

A benefit consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

He had come here with the intention of embarrassing a snide assassin, and had instead found a young woman pouring her secrets into a pianoforte.

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.

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

A good intention clothes itself with power.

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it

A good intention clothes itself with sudden power. When a god wishes to ride, any chip or pebble will bud and shoot out winged feet, and serve him for a horse.

Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.

A horrid alcoholic explosion scatters all my good intentions like bits of limbs and clothes over the doorsteps and into the saloon bars of the tawdriest pubs.

If you choose today not to break another promise to yourself, you will force yourself to slow down. You cannot keep every commitment, promise, goal, and idea without intentionality.

A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs.

I’ve taught scores of American millionairesses how to speak English: the best looking women in the world. I’m seasoned. They might as well be blocks of wood. I might as well be a block of wood.

At every step there is a pretext for enmity against our brother.

The universe is full of intentions, you know. Everything happens for a purpose.

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

Never in her life  she could swear it from the bottom of her soul  had she ever intended to do wrong; yet these hard judgments had come. Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently?

Do any of us know how we’re actually doing? Whether or not all the hard work and good intentions are paying off?

I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.

Early in life I learned, just through observation, that right always wins out over wrong. If a person has good intentions in his heart and wants to do the right thing, then there are certain ways that any obstacle can be overcome.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.

Everyone lies to themselves, but many people do it with good intentions. They want to believe what they tell themselves, it is oftentimes the best possible version of reality for them.

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.

For so long as we condone injustice by a small but powerful group, we condone the destruction of all social stability, all real peace, all trust in man’s good intentions toward his fellow man.

The ocean of mundane cyclic existence is like an illusion.

Good governance with good intentions is the hallmark of our government. Implementation with integrity is our core passion.

I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.

Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical.

Suddenly those stares made sense. My intentions didn’t matter. They didn’t know I didn’t want this. In their eyes, I was a threat. And I could see they wanted me gone.

Good intentions are not enough. They’ve never put an onion in the soup yet.

The steep descent into Hell is always paved with good intentions.

Good intentions are very mortal and perishable things. Like very mellow and choice fruit, they are difficult to keep.

God gives people money to see how you’re going to handle it’ she said. And she intended to prove she knew how to handle it.

Good intentions never change anything. They only become a deeper and deeper rut.

Love is as love does.  Love is an act of will namely, both an intention and an action. 

Good intentions will always be pleaded, for every assumption of power; but they cannot justify it  It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intention, real or pretended.

We do not have to love.  We choose to love.  No matter how much we may think we are loving, if we are in fact not loving, it is because we have chosen not to love and therefore do not love despite our good intentions.

Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well

Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.

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

I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.

History is a better guide than good intentions.

It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.

I have a low tolerance for people who complain about things but never do anything to change them. This led me to conclude that the single largest pool of untapped natural resources in this world is human good intentions that are never translated into actions

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

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

What you do with her money, eh?’ Her voice was still quiet but with a hiss in it when she said ‘money.’ I thought, of course, that is what all the rigamarole is about. I no longer felt dazed, tired, half-hypnotized, but alert and wary, ready to defend myself.

I think I’ll be going to Heaven, because I had good intentions. But my actions are another thing.

He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial.

I think we’re entering a very dangerous time. The West has set itself up, decided it’s in charge, not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind.

As soon as I wake up I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day, that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.

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.

Why would anyone set out to break the heart of someone they loved? Why would anyone intentionally cause that kind of pain?

I’m delirious with joy. It proves that if you confront the universe with good intentions in your heart, it will reflect that and reward your intent. Usually. It just doesn’t always do it in the way you expect.

Just as anyone who listens to the muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. There is such a thing. It comes up and talks. And those who have heard deeply the rhythms and hymns of the gods, can recite those hymns in such a way that the gods will be attracted.

In general, I think the world is a good place if you work hard, believe in yourself, have good intentions, and if you are kind to people, I believe that good things happen to you.

So it was not Sally’s intention to kill despite the gun she carried in her bag.

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

I like your kind of quiet. Your heart isn’t quiet.

Medicine is intention. Those who are proficient at using intention are good doctors.

Alas! Oh, Chanticleer, alas! I have done you a bad turn. I frightened you when I grabbed you and took you out of the yard. But, Sir, I did it without evil intention.

Most of our platitudes notwithstanding, self-deception remains the most difficult deception.

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. I have a lot of good intentions. Blake Shelton

My hatred is a thousand times more powerful than all your good intentions.

Good intentions and earnest effort are not enough. Only Jesus can make an otherwise futile life productive. Charles R. Swindoll