100+ Best Intention Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational intention quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Intention Quotes

It has always been, and still is, my intention to build a playground in Central Park. — Diana Ross

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done. — Thomas Jefferson

The whole intention of empirical economics is to force theory down to Earth. — George Akerlof

I don’t think I’ve ever written a poem whose intention was just to be funny. I’ve written poems that start out funny and often shift into something more serious. — Billy Collins

If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention. — William S. Burroughs

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention. — Theodor Adorno

You know, we have a long history of covering different periods of this band’s development with a live record… a sort of live thing that would be done for three or four records, and that was the intention with this particular package. — Alex Lifeson

Every frame and every scene has to have an intention. — Mira Nair

We have no intention of leaving the euro. In no way will we experiment with the future of our country. — Nicos Anastasiades

When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it – and everybody was talking about it – that I decided to keep it. — Mark Spitz

When I started writing the third book, ‘The Kill,’ the intention was just to write a thriller, a crime novel for myself, really, in which there would be no body, no solution – where you would look at an event from different people’s perspectives. — Richard House

Our actions are the results of our intentions and our intelligence. — E. Stanley Jones

Charities are now working to give people in poor countries access to the Internet. But shouldn’t we spend that money on providing health clinics and safe water? Aren’t these things more relevant? I have no intention of downplaying the importance of the Internet, but its impact has been exaggerated. — Ha-Joon Chang

I had all the intentions of being the next Eddie Murphy. — Leslie Jones

I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. — J. Paul Getty

I am not a politician and I have no intention of being one. — Sean Connery

All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions. — Reinhold Niebuhr

I believe employment regulations for women, whereby the prospective employer is not able to inquire about the interviewee’s status regarding children, childcare, or indeed their intention of becoming a parent, are counterproductive. — Alan Sugar

I went to university for a year, and I’m not one for schooling and have no enjoyment sitting in a classroom all day and ended up going to live in England for two years, just to travel. I worked in a bar in a hotel for a couple of years and had no intention of becoming an actor. That’s where I met my agent. — Travis Fimmel

If everyone in the music business were brutally honest about what their intentions were then you could sort things out, but it’s all smoke and mirrors. — Noel Gallagher

I had no intention of becoming a performer, and yet under miraculous circumstances I was brought into the music industry fold. If divine powers hadn’t intervened, I’d still be living in China working in some area of Sino-American comparative law. — Abigail Washburn

When I began ‘Wicked’, I really thought of it entirely as a one-off, as the English say. There was no intention that there should ever be a follow up, because the subtitle was ‘The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’. She was dead and gone, as the book says, at the end. — Gregory Maguire

My great crime in the world is blunder I will get into scrapes without intention or any bad motive. — Stand Watie

I feel like saying we need to all calm down a little. Let’s take the time to breathe. I have no intention of allowing myself be distracted. — Pauline Marois

I may err in judgment, but I hope not in intention. — Edward Blake

It wasn’t my intention ever to leave Chicago, that’s for sure. — Richard House

Although it was created with the best of intentions, the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has become one of the worst and most costly boondoggles ever foisted on the American public. — Bob Beauprez

When you know your intention, you are in a position to choose the consequences that you will create for yourself. When you choose an intention that creates consequences for which you are willing to be responsible, that is a responsible choice. — Gary Zukav

I know that Duke made a number of demands, including that the attorney general drop its investigation. We have no intention of asking the attorney general to do that. — Gray Davis

Even if I never registered my YouTube channel with the intention of being a role model, if I am that for somebody, I can’t help it. So I need to be conscious of it and realize that influence can be used for good or bad, and just try to do my best. — Tyler Oakley

In the fall of 1961, I went up to Clare College Cambridge to read Natural Sciences, with the intention of becoming a biochemist in the end. — Tim Hunt

I’m very skeptical about the good intentions of Milosevic. — Warren Christopher

Sometimes his methods are questionable, and even his morals are questionable, but his intention is always to protect Sydney. So in that way I think he’s a good parent. — Victor Garber

My intention throughout has been to write, to create literature, and to be able to look people in the eye after I’d done it – the people I’d written about. — Karl Ove Knausgaard

Never was a man further from a partiality for Spain than I am. But I think I now have left them in a sincere and steady intention to cultivate the friendship of America. — Marquis de Lafayette

I always knew I wanted to be an actor. I was talented in college but not the most talented. But I knew I wanted to do it, and that intention got me there and kept me there. — Susanna Thompson

I have no intention of retiring. Even my blood sugar is better when I’m working. — Elaine Stritch

This country must be governed, and can be governed, simply on questions of policy and administration and the French Canadians who have had any part in this movement have never had any other intention but to organise upon those party distinctions and upon no other. — Wilfrid Laurier

On the subject of emigration, it is not my intention to dwell at any length. — Charles Sturt

It was not my intention whatsoever for the Japanese government to try to get me out of trouble. And I really appreciate the Japanese government for all they have done for me. — Robert Jenkins

I would say I’ve always lived creativity, but now I – I do it with an intention that’s got a completely different power. — Abigail Washburn

When you left the house today, you had the intention of putting clothes on and you did. You didn’t try to put your pants on today. You simply put them on. The same has to hold for all of our intentions. We don’t try to be more loving partners. We make the intention, and we act on it. — Patch Adams

I imagine that the intention is to get rid of them. The interests of security demand that we get rid of them. — Moshe Sharett

I have been very encouraged by President Obama’s call to action on climate change both at his Inauguration and in the State of the Union Address. This is a global imperative. I also welcome President Obama’s intention to pursue reductions in nuclear arsenals. — Ban Ki-moon

I have no intention of lingering through a season, just to have a chance to be an alternate on a relay. I don’t want that. — Carl Lewis

One of the annoying things when you’re in a movie is that gets talked about is everyone projects meaning onto everyone’s intentions. — Heather Langenkamp

Power has long been regarded as morally corrosive, and we often suspect the intentions of those who seek it. — Gary Hamel

In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour. — Henri Bergson

I dont think I threw myself into music because I had the best intentions; it was because I was really angry. — Ariel Pink

I had no intention of being a film producer, and I knew I wasn’t passionate about engineering. I was always set on having my own business, controlling my own destiny. — Will Packer

‘Funny Games’ was conceived as a provocation. My other films are different. If people feel my other films are, or respond to them as provocation, then that’s quite different. ‘Funny Games’ is the only one of mine where my intention was to provoke the audience. — Michael Haneke

Your intention for a book is never the same as the reception. — Neil Strauss

If I commit an error I do it without bad intention. — Stand Watie

Caregiving requires the intention of love, caretaking requires the intention of fear. Not acting in anger when you are angry requires the intention of love. — Gary Zukav

When I started acting, my whole focus and intention was to work as a stage actor in a company where you’re asked to different roles – do a comedy, do a tragedy, etc. I haven’t had any reservations about jumping from one type of genre to another. — Kyle MacLachlan

I’ve tried doing so, for it was never my intention to paint only with gray. But in the course of my work I have eliminated one color after another, and what has remained is gray, gray, gray! — Alberto Giacometti

One of the things I find very difficult about theatre is the repetition – that something can slide away from your original intentions. — Ben Whishaw

The intention was to shoot short films that can exist as shorts independently, but when I put them all together, there are things that echo through them like the dialogue repeats; the situation is always the same, the way they’re shot is very simple and the same. — Jim Jarmusch

To all the women that I’ve offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space. I was trying to establish personal relationships, but the combination of awkwardness and hubris led to behavior that I think many found offensive. — Bob Filner

It was always my intention that The Frieze should be housed in a room which would provide a suitable architectural frame for it. — Edvard Munch

Why do I need succession planning? I’m very alert, I’m very vibrant. I have no intention to retire. — Sheldon Adelson

I have no intention of going back to France, except for yearly visits to meet my family. — Francois Gautier

The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of oversharing is distrust, disconnection – and usually a little judgment. — Brene Brown

One thing I’ve learned: My intentions are clear in terms of quality. — Elizabeth Berkley

It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest. — Chuck Berry

My father had been in the German Diplomatic Service, and although he had been in the United States since World War II and out of diplomacy, it was something that was very much talked about in the family. So when I went to college, it was always my intention to try to get into the Foreign Service. — Hermann Eilts

I’ve got absolutely no intention of ever going to play at another club. — Steven Gerrard

Am I not correct in saying that Iran has never voiced that they are developing a nuclear weapon, nor do they have any intention of using a nuclear weapon against the United States? That’s never actually been voiced. I don’t know where that has come from, but it hasn’t been from Iran. — Gary Johnson

I try to keep a positive intention and use whatever resources I have to benefit others. I try to create businesses that I think are not hurtful. I try to do things that I think are helpful to the environment, to the animals, and to the planet. — Russell Simmons

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

So on May 1, 1987, at Gary’s invitation, I agreed to see him one last time – to confront him face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention of ending our brief relationship. — Donna Rice

I started writing songs by myself. That always came from whatever I was feeling and being honest about that because I never had any intention of anyone ever hearing them. — Kelsea Ballerini

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

Let us not become so intense in our zeal to do good by winning arguments or by our pure intention in disputing doctrine that we go beyond good sense and manners, thereby promoting contention, or say and do imprudent things, invoke cynicism, or ridicule with flippancy. — James E. Faust

My intention is to get more involved in social projects so I can give people a message of hope. — Marta

I have no intention of being a potted plant, and just getting watered every so often. — Richard Codey

Our intention is to really explore this transition and, beyond that, explore the particular things that someone comes up against when they’re gay or lesbian. — Laura Innes

I certainly had no intention of playing a man. — Fiona Shaw

We either live with intention or exist by default. — Kristin Armstrong

I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything. — Sean Bean

I think that it is our intention to deny cancer any control over us. — Elizabeth Edwards

This is how to avoid re-creating painful situations: Take the time to discover your real intention before you act. If it is to change someone or the world so that you will feel safe or better about yourself, don’t act on it, because it is an intention of fear and can create only painful consequences. — Gary Zukav

He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer. — Benny Green

For me, modelling has been an advantage because if I hadn’t been modelling, I would never have been spotted as an actress. I didn’t have any intention of becoming an actress. — Bipasha Basu

It’s easier to get rid of things when you’re giving them to someone who can use them, but don’t let this kind intention become a source of clutter itself. I have a friend who has multiple piles all over her house, each lovingly destined for a particular recipient. — Gretchen Rubin

I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. Jamey Rodemeyer’s life changed mine. — Zachary Quinto

No word is absolutely wrong or dirty or insulting. It all depends upon context and intention. — Janet Jackson

I have been given permission to announce that I and others from ‘All My Children’ have been approached by the company Prospect Park, who bought ‘AMC,’ with the intention to move it online. — Cameron Mathison

It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention. — Brendan Gill

My intentions with any of my music is to keep it futuristic and updated and be experimental and try new things. — Mayer Hawthorne

I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back, I’d take it back. It’s not my intention to be personally critical of the President or of anyone else. — Paul O’Neill

I quite liked having a baby – I think I won’t put it more strongly than that. But I had no intention of allowing motherhood to disrupt my work as an archeologist. — Mary Leakey

Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life. — Jasper Johns

I didn’t have evil intentions, but I guess I did have power. — Harmon Killebrew

I have no intention of becoming a shorthand author. — Isaac Pitman

As soon as I finish one thing, there’s always something else on the horizon I want to do. I don’t have any intention of retiring from anything. — Marla Gibbs

Should we fear hackers? Intention is at the heart of this discussion. — Kevin Mitnick

It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it. — Hans Blix

I have no intention of disowning my record as a member of the McGuinty government. — Kathleen Wynne

I have no intention of telling people what I have for breakfast. — Princess Margaret

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