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"The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions"
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 12:44 PM - Friday January 04, 2013

"The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions"

The meaning of the phrase is that individuals may do bad things even though they intend the results to be good. This can stem from believing that the ends justifies the means, or from actions leading to unforeseen consequences. Employing means such as lying to keep a good colleague out of trouble, stealing to feed a hungry family, or cheating to win an election. Firmly believing that you are good and right, can make you blind to the opinions of others.

Another interpretation is that good intentions may not result in a good outcome because of inaction due to ignorance, procrastination, laziness or other subversive vice (like arrogance).


What are other aphorisms/proverbs that you recall and their meanings.

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No good deed goes unpunished?

- Response by kismet331, A Thinker, Female, 36-45

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What you fear, you create....

- Response by justryin2help, A Hippie Chick, Female, 36-45

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'Good things come to those who wait'...not always! One that I try to adhere to...'When given a choice, take the high road'. There are many days that it would feel so good to take the lower road for a change. Perhaps that is something I vicariously do on here through others...not sure;/.

- Response by 1pghpafemale, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 46-55, Pittsburgh, Artist / Musician / Writer

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Struggling to say something very clever can force you into saying something rather dull instead... but the difference remains the same to the perceptive fellow.

- Response by diglebe2, A Guy Critical, Male, 36-45, Self-Employed

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Three Blind Mice gather no moss.

- Response by llafsroh, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Boston, Science / Engineering

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How about "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED!"

- Response by morista, A Creative, Female, 46-55, Managerial

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