road to hell is paved with good intentions

road to hell is paved with good intentions

Prov. People often mean well but do bad things. (Can be a strong rebuke, implying that the person you are addressing did something bad and his or her good intentions do not matter.) Jane: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings; I only wanted to help you. Jane: Oh, yeah? The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
See also: good, hell, intention, pave, road
References in periodicals archive ?
THEY say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged the Opposition to help in the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill while drawing attention to the fact that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions has its uses in a debating society; the road to heaven, after all, cannot be paved with bad intentions.