one's heart is in the right place

(one's) heart is in the right place

Someone means well or is good at heart, even if they don't always do the right thing. 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