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intentions Quotes

32 of the best book quotes about intentions
  1. #1
    “He had come here with the intention of embarrassing a snide assassin, and had instead found a young woman pouring her secrets into a pianoforte.”
  2. #2
    “Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions.”
  3. #3
    “I know the mistakes you made were not deliberate or malicious […] Your grandfather must share the blame for placing you children in a situation where opening a window with kind intentions could cause such harm and destruction. And clearly the fiends who abducted him are ultimately the most culpable.”
  4. #4
    “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
  5. #5
    “Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.”
  6. #6
    “I have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
    And falls on the other.”
  7. #7
    “Very few Americans will directly proclaim that they are in favor of black people being left to the streets. But a very large number of Americans will do all they can to preserve the Dream. No one directly proclaimed that schools were designed to sanctify failure and destruction. But a great number of educators spoke of ‘personal responsibility’ in a country authored and sustained by a criminal responsibility. The point of this language of ‘intention’ and ‘personal responsibility’ is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.”
  8. #8
    “If you choose today not to break another promise to yourself, you will force yourself to slow down. You cannot keep every commitment, promise, goal, and idea without intentionality.”
  9. #9
    “I’ve taught scores of American millionairesses how to speak English: the best looking women in the world. I’m seasoned. They might as well be blocks of wood. I might as well be a block of wood.”
  10. #10
    “The universe is full of intentions, you know. Everything happens for a purpose.”
  1. #11
    “Never in her life – she could swear it from the bottom of her soul – had she ever intended to do wrong; yet these hard judgments had come. Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently?”
  2. #12
    “I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”
  3. #13
    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
  4. #14
    “Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about-quite apart from what I would like it to be about-or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.”
  5. #15
    “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”
  6. #16
    “The ocean of mundane cyclic existence is like an illusion.”
  7. #17
    “I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.”
  8. #18
    “Suddenly those stares made sense. My intentions didn’t matter. They didn’t know I didn’t want this. In their eyes, I was a threat. And I could see they wanted me gone.”
  9. #19
    “The steep descent into Hell is always paved with good intentions.”
  10. #20
    ″‘God gives people money to see how you’re going to handle it’ she said. And she intended to prove she knew how to handle it.”

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  1. #21
    ″ Love is as love does. Love is an act of will – namely, both an intention and an action. ”
  2. #22
    “We do not have to love. We choose to love. No matter how much we may think we are loving, if we are in fact not loving, it is because we have chosen not to love and therefore do not love despite our good intentions.”
  3. #23
    “Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.”
  4. #24
    “I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
  5. #25
    “It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”
  6. #26
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
  7. #27
    ″‘What you do with her money, eh?’ Her voice was still quiet but with a hiss in it when she said ‘money.’ I thought, of course, that is what all the rigamarole is about. I no longer felt dazed, tired, half-hypnotized, but alert and wary, ready to defend myself.”
  8. #28
    “He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial.”
  9. #29
    “With what vigor
    and intention to please himself
    the little white dog
    flings himself into every puddle
    on the muddy road.”
  10. #30
    “As soon as I wake up… I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day, that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.”
  11. #31
    “Why would anyone set out to break the heart of someone they loved? Why would anyone intentionally cause that kind of pain?”
  12. #32
    “Just as anyone who listens to the muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. There is such a thing. It comes up and talks. And those who have heard deeply the rhythms and hymns of the gods, can recite those hymns in such a way that the gods will be attracted.”
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