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

When your intention is clear, so is the way.     

Alan Cohen

When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success.     

Charles F. Glassman

We call an intention good which is right in itself, but the action is good, not because it contains within it some good, but because it issues from a good intention.     

Peter Abelard

The intention to live as long as possible isn't one of the mind's best intentions, because quantity isn't the same as quality.     

Deepak Chopra

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.     

Khalil Gibran

Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.     

Brenna Yovanoff

It is more Important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.     

Ilyas Kassam

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.      

John Burroughs

Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.     

Bryant McGill

The great things you intend to do some time must have a beginning if they are ever to be done, so begin something worthwhile today.     

Grenville Kleiser

A good intention feeds no one.     

Bobby Darnell

Where we go is not determined by where we want to go.     

Marty Rubin

Good intention bring success in everything you do. Intention is always supported by the universal energy because it's a vital ingredient for manifestation.     

Hina Ahmad Hashmi

All that counts in life is intention.      

Andrea Bocelli

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.      

Otto von Bismarck

It is only those that live intentionally that can accomplish and come to the significance meant for them.     

Sunday Adelaja

A good intention clothes itself with sudden power. When a god wishes to ride, any chip or pebble will bud and shoot out winged feet, and serve him for a horse.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.     

Deepak Chopra

All great acts are ruled by intention. What you mean is what you get.     

Brenna Yovanoff