The road to hell is paved with good intentions
Possible interpretation: 1) People who believe they are doing good can end up doing bad (the law of unintended consequences). 2) There is no value in simply planning to do good if you don't actually do it.
Origin: This proverb may have its roots in a statement in French by St Bernard of Clairvaux (c.1150): "L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs." ("Hell is full of good intentions or desires.")
paved with: covered with; constructed with; made of
intention (noun): a plan; an aim
The saying "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" may suggest that we should
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Contributor: Josef Essberger