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JusJoJan Day 5– “intention”

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.



This proverb has been attributed to various people over the years, as you can see in the image below:

good intentions 3 quotes

The interpretation of this quote is as varied as the claims to its origin.

One version is that good intentions can have bad consequences, but I am not too fond of it.

I prefer the one that means that good intentions are useless unless followed up with good actions.

All in all, it is not one of my favourite quotes but it was the first thing that entered my mind when I saw the prompt.

What do YOU think it means? I would love to read your views in the comments section below.


Written for JusJoJan Day 5 “intentions”, a prompt created by Linda G. Hill

all images courtesy


9 thoughts on “JusJoJan Day 5– “intention”

  1. It’s fascinating how throughout history this wise proverb has been passing from one generation to the next. Regarding a small scale example, I’m reminded of a post that Rory shared about how the intention of the creator of a particular blogging award may have initially been out of the kindness of their own hearts and desire to recognize the hard work of others. However, as it became more ubiquitous and the requirements more demanding on the blogger’s time, the award itself became a dreaded event to participate in and something to avoid. On a larger scale, throughout history, I think there were many world leaders who may have felt they were doing good deeds for the countries that served and yet have wreaked havoc to others in the name of their “good intentions”.

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  2. Often good intentions motivate one to do good and in doing so one suffers, ultimately ending up in a pool of trouble (i.e. Hell). Haven’t seen anyone doing anything good without suffering oneself.

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