(your) heart is in the right place

Meaning: If your heart is in the right place, you try to do the right thing, even if things don't always work out for the best.

For example:

  • His heart was in the right place when he raised everyone's salaries, but in the end it meant some people lost their jobs.

  • Bill's heart's in the right place, and he means well, but he sometimes upsets people by being too direct when he speaks.

Quick Quiz:

Linda's heart is in the right place and she always tries to

a. do things to help people

b. make a good living

c. take advantage of people

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Contributor: Matt Errey