Intention Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old intention quotes, intention sayings, and intention proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.

Stephen Covey

Sometimes people do what they think is for the best, and their intentions are misinterpreted.     

Theresa Breslin

Our intention creates our reality.      

Wayne Dyer

It is intent which establishes one's consequential outcomes.

T.F. Hodge

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.      

David Hume

Every action or perceived inaction shapes credibility.     

Mindy Hall

Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.     

George Bernard Shaw

Although actions may speak louder than words, it is our intentions that reveal our soul.     

Hal Elrod

The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.

Sigmund Freud

We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.     

George Bernard Shaw

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.      

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Among the many arguments to be made against cultural revolutions is that they are monotonous in spirit and monomaniacal in intention.      

Howard Jacobson

Powerful words come with powerful intent. Where you have passion, strength, courage, and determination you can accomplish anything!

K.L Toth

When a crowd rushes into your house without declaring its intention, it is, by definition, an invasion.

Viktor Orban

Choose your intention carefully and then practice holding your consciousness to it, so it becomes the guiding light in your life.     

Roger Delano Hinkins

A glint of intention initiates the process of creation.

Debasish Mridha

Every action has an impact, choose wisely the impact you want to have.

Mindy Hall

However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Intentionality fuels the master's journey. Every master is a master of vision.     

George Leonard

Intention is the core of all conscious life. Conscious intention colors and moves everything.     

Hsing Yun

Intention is an echo of a previous intent.

R. A. Delmonico

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.     

Peter Drucker

The effect of dominance is not always the result of an intention to dominate.

Deborah Tannen

Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.     

Sharon Salzberg

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.

James M. Barrie

A good intention clothes itself with power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honor thy error as a hidden intention.      

Brian Eno

A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.

George Washington

Only good intentions may not always translate into good results.

Girdhar Joshi

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, everything essential is invisible to the eye.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry