one's heart is in the right place

(one's) heart is in the right place

(One) means well or is good at heart, even if they don't always do the right thing; (one) is well intentioned. His speech at the wedding was horribly embarrassing, but his heart was definitely in the right place. I know your heart is in the right place, but you're actually being very unhelpful at the moment.
See also: heart, place, right

one's heart is in the right place

Fig. one has good intentions, even if the results are bad. She gave it a good try. Her heart was in the right place. He is awkward, but his heart is in the right place.
See also: heart, place, right