the road to hell is paved with good intentions

the road to hell is paved with good intentions

Good intentions do not matter if a person's actions lead to bad outcomes. A: "I'm sorry, I was only trying to explain where Tom was coming from! I didn't mean to make matters worse." B: "Yeah, well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
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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.
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road to hell is paved with good intentions, the

Well-intended acts can have disastrous results, as in She tried to help by defending Dad's position and they haven't spoken since-the road to hell is paved with good intentions . This proverbial idiom probably derives from a similar statement by St. Bernard of Clairvaux about 1150, L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs ("Hell is full of good intentions or wishes"), and has been repeated ever since. [Late 1500s]
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the road to hell is paved with good intentions

People say the road to hell is paved with good intentions to mean that people often intend to do good things but in fact do not, often because they are lazy or weak. She said the road to hell was paved with good intentions, that she really had decided to hand write six dozen personal letters, but she just didn't have the time. Note: Path is sometimes used instead of road. The path to hell is paved with good intentions, and there are many, many pots of vitamin tablets which have been started but never finished. Note: To pave a path or road means to cover it using flat stones called paving stones. The word `pavement' is derived from this word. This expression was used by the writer Samuel Johnson and is mentioned in his biography in an entry dated 16 April 1775, in the form `hell is paved with good intentions'. The idea is that good intentions do not guarantee a good outcome.
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the road to ˌhell is paved with good inˈtentions

(saying) it is not enough to intend to do good things, behave better, etc.; you must actually do them, be better, etc.
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They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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I am reminded of my late mothers comment that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions there are quite a few paving stones there with my name on.
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.
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Government ministers should be very concerned about what their futures hold.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and, as always, the longest stretch of that road can be found wending its way through the marble halls of Congress.
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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.
It is a classic case of the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and to spend pounds 55m of what is de facto, if not dejure, public money "in good faith" must be the ultimate good intention.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, which is one way of saying that the broadcasts P G Wodehouse made for the Nazis during the war were probably never intended to actually damage British morale.
BAD schools are hell, and we all have heard that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I believe the bill was made originally with good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions,'' he said.