Quotes and Sayings about Intention



"Why do I need succession planning? I'm very alert, I'm very vibrant. I have no intention to retire."
- Sheldon Adelson
(Related: Intention, Planning)

"The joke of our time is the suicide of intention."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Time, Intention, Suicide)

"Oh! this opponent, this collaborator against your will, whose notion of beauty always differs from yours and whose means are often too limited for active assistance to your intentions!"
- Alexander Alekhine
(Related: Beauty, Will)

"Naming a transition team varies with the intentions of the candidate; some candidates have been careful to name a transition team as much as a year in advance."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Intentions, Name)

"Just the same way I'd say a prayer before going onstage, taking that even further and using the drum to inspire people. And using that as a vehicle for the intention."
- Rick Allen
(Related: People, Intention, Prayer)

"My intention was to enroll at McGill University but an unexpected series of events led me to study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
- Sidney Altman
(Related: Technology, Events, Intention, Physics, Study, University)

"In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: War, Authority, Cause, First, Intention, Order)

"We talked a lot about The Best Intentions and how we could shoot certain scenes in different ways with slightly different bits of dialogue and information, so that later on, we could cut the piece more easily and it would still feel complete, even though it was shorter."
- Bille August
(Related: Information, Intentions)

"I suppose no man becomes a pocket hunter by first intention."
- Mary Austin
(Related: First, Intention, Man)

"A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Attention, Effort, Garden, Intentions, Labor, Plants)

"Intentions count in your actions."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Actions, Intentions)

"The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Deed, Intention)

"Michael Eisner let it be known last week that he had no intention of leaving the entertainment business once he steps down as CEO of Disney in October."
- Peter Bart
(Related: Business, Disney, Entertainment, Intention, October)

"I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything."
- Sean Bean
(Related: Actor, Being, Intention, Pretty)

"With a film, I do my best to understand the author's intentions and try to bring the characters to life."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: Life, Film, Intentions)

"In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Intention, Laughter)

"It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest."
- Chuck Berry
(Related: Intentions)

"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
(Related: Intention, Practice)

"When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice."
- Otto von Bismarck
(Related: Intention, Man, Practice)

"The sad thing is, when it comes to diet, is that even when well-intentioned Feds try to do right by us, they fail. Either they're outvoted by puppets of agribusiness, or they are puppets of agribusiness."
- Mark Bittman
(Related: Diet, Right)

"I may err in judgment, but I hope not in intention."
- Edward Blake
(Related: Hope, Intention, Judgment, May)

"It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it."
- Hans Blix
(Related: Management, Information, Intention)

"I have no intention of discussing my private life with anyone."
- Claire Bloom
(Related: Life, Intention)

"All that counts in life is intention."
- Andrea Bocelli
(Related: Life, Intention)

"It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Intention, Moments, Understanding)

"There was absolutely no intention of splitting up. We had so many great ideas to use on the new album. John Paul Jones was incredible, coming to the studio each day with new instruments to play."
- John Bonham
(Related: Ideas, Day, Intention, Play)

"I have no intention of resigning, and confidently expect to resume official duties within three months."
- Frederick W. Borden
(Related: Intention, Months)

"The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions."
- Robert Brault
(Related: Intentions)

"I am interested in the study of music and the discipline of music and the experience of music and music as a esoteric mechanism to continue my real intentions."
- Anthony Braxton
(Related: Experience, Music, Discipline, Intentions, Study)

"Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy."
- Jimmy Breslin
(Related: Intentions)

"We have to deal with where we are. We have to create cooperatives, we have to create intentional communities, we have to work for local cooperation where we are."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Work, Cooperation)

"Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind, Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise, all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention."
- Bill Bruford
(Related: Discipline, Intention, Sound)

"The colors I use may clash or vibrate against one another but this is done intentionally."
- Frank Bruno
(Related: Colors, May)

"Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest ma to do."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Men)

"I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Intentions)

"Mr. Chamberlain desires to avert the threat to England's peace by making England, in alliance with Germany, stronger than her rivals and so to force them to renounce their hostile intentions against her."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Peace, Alliance, EnglForce, Germany, Intentions)

"The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention."
- John Burroughs
(Related: Deed, Intention)

"I have never wavered from my intention to advance the cause of diversity in new and more effective ways."
- Jeb Bush
(Related: Cause, Diversity, Intention)

"Everything's intentional. It's just filling in the dots."
- David Byrne
"I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions."
- George Byron
(Related: Intentions, Nothing)

"This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Age, Intentions, Inventions, Killing)

"The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Evil, Harm, Ignorance, Intentions, May, Understanding, World)

"I had, before I went to college, I had taken a few years off after high school and really had, I guess in those days, I had no intentions of going to college."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: College, Intentions, School, Years)

"I'm very skeptical about the good intentions of Milosevic."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Intentions)

"The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Soul, Eyes, Intentions)

"Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Intentions, Nothing)

"Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Intention, Laws, Liberal, May, Sense)

"I believe all life has value, from conception to natural death. And I believe the intentional taking of human life, except to save lives, should be a capital offense, as it is in most states in America today."
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Life, Death, America, states, Today, Value)

"Some people come out going, I don't get it. And I don't quite know what they're trying to get, what they're struggling for. We have had the reaction where people leave the movie sort of uncomfortable and befuddled. Although that wasn't our intention."
- Joel Coen
(Related: People, Intention, Trying)

"It is not enough to be well-intentioned; one must strive to put those intentions into action in a capable way. One must consider the effect his actions will have on others. Looked at like this, to persist in ignorance is itself dishonorable."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Action, Actions, Effect, Ignorance, Intentions, Will)

"I don't have any friends and don't have any intention of making any. People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, steal from you. And they're not really your friends. They're only there because you're a celebrity or because they want to get something from you."
- Gary Coleman
(Related: People, Celebrity, Friends, Intention, Talk, Want, Will)

"Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood."
- Robin G. Collingwood
(Related: Purpose, Appetite, Desire, Intention, Parenthood, Will)

"I learned one thing in Watergate: I was well-intentioned but rationalized illegal behavior," he said. "You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends."
- Chuck Colson
(Related: Life, Truth, Behavior, Walking)

"No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: Fear, Intention, Name, Service)

"If we want to build the Iraqis' confidence about our intentions in their country, if we want to stop adding fuel to the fire of insurgency and terrorism, we must clarify our intent."
- John Conyers
(Related: Confidence, Country, Fire, Intentions, Terrorism, Want)

"According to recent opinion polls, a large majority of Iraqis believe that the U.S. military has no intention to leave Iraq, and that it would stay even is asked by the Iraqi government to leave."
- John Conyers
(Related: Government, Intention, Iraq, Majority, Military, Opinion)

"But last year there were 540,000 people, roughly, detained coming across the border illegally. Forty-five thousand of them came from countries other than Mexico, demonstrating the fact that Mexico itself now is a pathway into the United States for people all around the world, and we don't know what their intentions are."
- John Cornyn
(Related: People, Countries, Fact, Intentions, Now, states, United, World)

"In view of China's growing military strength and intentions, the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces with other democratic countries in the world to form a global community of democracies."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Peace, Strength, Community, Countries, Intentions, Military, Prosperity, World)

"I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up, really. So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school, it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Actor, Drama, Growing up, Intention, School, University)

"I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars."
- Charles Darwin
(Related: God, Intention, Living)

"I know that Duke made a number of demands, including that the attorney general drop its investigation. We have no intention of asking the attorney general to do that."
- Gray Davis
(Related: Intention, Investigation)

"Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer."
- Len Deighton
(Related: Intention, Politicians, Writer)

"It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Accident, Culture, First, Independence, Intention)

"I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery."
- Rene Descartes
(Related: Hope, Discovery, Pleasure, Posterity, Will)

"One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart."
- John Dewey
(Related: Heart, Conscience, Deeds, Intentions)

"I had no intention of pursuing either the characters or the setting further."
- Stephen R. Donaldson
(Related: Intention)

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Work, Hard work, Intentions)

"Kubrick never explained the ending to us, or what his intentions were. He didn't intend for it to be a predictable film."
- Keir Dullea
(Related: Ending, Film, Intentions)

"Our intention creates our reality."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Intention, Reality)

"I think that it is our intention to deny cancer any control over us."
- Elizabeth Edwards
(Related: Control, Cancer, Intention)

"O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Heart, Intention, Man)

"They ended up spending a total, their campaign plus the independent, about 1.3 million. I only ended up spending about - not only, but I spent about 2 million. But I had no intention of doing that until I was attacked with a negative ad by an independent group."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Negative, Intention)

"I am not surprised that they show no intention to follow in my footsteps, although if I had a second chance myself, I would certainly try to repeat my present career."
- Richard Ernst
(Related: Career, Chance, Footsteps, Intention, Present)

"I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree."
- Colin Firth
(Related: England, Intentions, Living, London, Reason)

"There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Family, Government, Mother, Father, Children, Commitment)

"Well, it's an adventure story, and a Bildungsroman, of course, but there was also the intention to describe a culture that had been seen in rather narrow terms."
- John M. Ford
(Related: Adventure, Culture, Intention)

"I love more than anything looking at a movie scene by scene and seeing the intention behind it."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Love, Intention)

"Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration is a subject that ought to be addressed, and it is, of course, the intention of the majority party not to allow that to be discussed."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Intention, Majority, Media, Party)

"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Power, Intentions)

"Yeah, I really like being alive. But I definitely don't have any intentions as an artist."
- John Frusciante
(Related: Artist, Being, Intentions)

"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: God, Intentions, Man, Will)

"Sometimes his methods are questionable, and even his morals are questionable, but his intention is always to protect Sydney. So in that way I think he's a good parent."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Intention, Morals)

"Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things. But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Daughter, Intention, Morals, Motives)

"And there's a lot of that stuff with people bringing their kids, kids bringing their parents, people bringing their grandparents - I mean, it's gotten to be really stretched out now. It was never my intention to say, this is the demographics of our audience."
- Jerry Garcia
(Related: People, Grandparents, Intention, Kids, Now)

"The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall."
- Helen Garner
(Related: Nature, Intention, Meaning, Rain)

"The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: People, Intentions)

"I have no intention of going back to France, except for yearly visits to meet my family."
- Francois Gautier
(Related: Family, France, Intention)

"I've got absolutely no intention of ever going to play at another club."
- Steven Gerrard
(Related: Intention, Play)

"I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Intention)

"I've tried doing so, for it was never my intention to paint only with gray. But in the course of my work I have eliminated one color after another, and what has remained is gray, gray, gray!"
- Alberto Giacometti
(Related: Work, Intention)

"It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention."
- Brendan Gill
(Related: Nature, Intention)

"My hatred is a thousand times more powerful than all your good intentions."
- Jim Goad
(Related: Hatred, Intentions)

"He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer."
- Benny Green
(Related: People, Help, Intention, Jazz, Potential, Voice, Writer)

"Give us a chance to show you that those so-called protective laws to aid women - however well intentioned originally - have become in fact restraints, which keep wife, abandoned wife, and widow alike from supporting her family."
- Martha Griffiths
(Related: Family, Women, Wife, Chance, Fact, Laws)

"Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Life, Deeds, Heaven, Hell, Intentions)

"It is not cowardly, quite the contrary, to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions. However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms."
- King Hassan II
(Related: Intentions)

"It strikes me there's a bunch of people in power who have really strong intentions of running the world and adjusting the world to exactly how they see it."
- Colin Hay
(Related: Power, People, Intentions, Running, World)

"I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Hurt, Nothing, Past, Regret)

"Since the end of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, presidents have misled the public about their motives and their intentions in going to war."
- Robert Higgs
(Related: War, End, Intentions, Motives, Public)

"Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: War, Purpose, Alliance, Intention, Wage)

"A key to the mentality of the left is that it judges itself by its best intentions, and judges its opponents - America chief among them - by their worst deeds."
- David Horowitz
(Related: America, Deeds, Intentions, Judges, Key, Opponents)

"A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker."
- David Hume
(Related: Design, Purpose, Intention)

"The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Goodwill, Hell, Intentions, Pretty, Road, Senate)

"Eileen Ford wanted me to fix my nose and my teeth. I said, Sure, great, but I really had no intention to."
- Lauren Hutton
(Related: Intention)

"Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Hell, Intentions)

"I intentionally aided them by being there and blocking an avenue of escape for the victims."
- Robert Iler
(Related: Being, Victims)

"Our intention is to really explore this transition and, beyond that, explore the particular things that someone comes up against when they're gay or lesbian."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Gay, Intention, Lesbian)

"After leaving law school, I intentionally said that I never wanted to hold a job more than six years."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Job, Law, School, Years)

"The intention was to shoot short films that can exist as shorts independently, but when I put them all together, there are things that echo through them like the dialogue repeats; the situation is always the same, the way they're shot is very simple and the same."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Echo, Intention)

"Some months ago, while I was preparing a new work, I told a young cinema executive my intention of including in a soundtrack two themes from Bach. But when he asked me which has been the last hit from that Bach?, then I knew that I had no longer place in cinema."
- Maurice Jarre
(Related: Work, Cinema, Intention, Months)

"So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, Wisdom, Intentions)

"I don't know anyone in the public eye who has not made a mistake and said something in a manner that does not truly reflect their intentions."
- Jim Jeffords
(Related: Mistake, Eye, Intentions, Public)

"When I got on the airplane in Indonesia coming to Japan, my intentions was to turn myself in to the military for the simple reason I would like to put my daughters with their mother, one thing. Another thing, I'd like to clear my conscience."
- Robert Jenkins
(Related: Mother, Conscience, Daughters, Intentions, Military, Reason)

"It was not my intention whatsoever for the Japanese government to try to get me out of trouble. And I really appreciate the Japanese government for all they have done for me."
- Robert Jenkins
(Related: Government, Intention, Trouble)

"Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life."
- Jasper Johns
(Related: Life, Consciousness, Intention, Mind)

"It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Truth, Falsehood, Lying, World)

"I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Life, People, Guilt, Hurt, Living)

"Our actions are the results of our intentions and our intelligence."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Intelligence, Actions, Intentions, Results)

"Our intentions may be very good, but, because the intelligence is limited, the action may turn out to be a mistake - a mistake, but not necessarily a sin, for sin comes out of a wrong intention."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Intelligence, Mistake, Action, Intention, Intentions, May, Sin, Wrong)

"Continuing a Lenten series on prayer: Prayer is co-operation with God. It is the purest exercise of the faculties God has given us - an exercise that links these faculties with the Maker to work out the intentions He had in mind in their creation."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Work, God, Creation, Exercise, Intentions, Mind, Prayer)

"The most difficult thing is the organization of people and the expression of your intentions. It's very easy to have a picture in your head and to imagine that you've told everybody about what you need."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: People, Expression, Intentions)

"You don't stay married for 35 years by accident. I think that that's willful and intentional and something that both people really want."
- Ashley Judd
(Related: People, Accident, Want, Years)

"Like anywhere, we had to make people understand that we were there with good intentions, and that we were there with respect. We started making contacts with the people in the neighborhood three months before shooting began, so that everyone involved was comfortable."
- Mathieu Kassovitz
(Related: People, Intentions, Months, Respect)

"The Security Council decided to deal with Iran's nuclear intentions. The international community will not be willing to tolerate an Iran with a nuclear capability and an Iran that collaborates with terrorist organizations."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Community, Intentions, Security, Will)

"I'm not a celebrity. I'm intentionally and defiantly not a celebrity. I don't have any interest in it. I don't have any talent for it. I keep my personal life out of my public life as cleanly as I can."
- Charlie Kaufman
(Related: Life, Talent, Celebrity, Interest, Public)

"It is not good enough for things to be planned - they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation."
- Walt Kelly
(Related: Energy, Intention, Reality)

"I didn't have evil intentions, but I guess I did have power."
- Harmon Killebrew
(Related: Power, Evil, Intentions)

"I love Brooke. Exploiting her was never my intention."
- Calvin Klein
(Related: Love, Intention)

"History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions."
- Ted Koppel
(Related: History, Intentions, Politicians)

"The sincere teachers of their youth should be met, not with an intention to dictate to them, but to give additional force to their well-meant endeavours, and raise them to public esteem."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Force, Intention, Public, Teachers, Youth)

"Apparently, there's this whole set of disgruntled people but obviously it's not my intention to offend anyone by changing the style of music that I've done."
- Jonny Lang
(Related: Music, People, Intention, Style)

"This country must be governed, and can be governed, simply on questions of policy and administration and the French Canadians who have had any part in this movement have never had any other intention but to organise upon those party distinctions and upon no other."
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Related: Policy, Country, Intention, Party, Questions)

"He wanted to be a lawyer, couldn't afford it, so he started dealing to go to college - good intention."
- John Leguizamo
(Related: College, Intention)

"Good intentions are not enough. They've never put an onion in the soup yet."
- Sonya Levien
(Related: Intentions)

"You know, we have a long history of covering different periods of this band's development with a live record... a sort of live thing that would be done for three or four records, and that was the intention with this particular package."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: History, Development, Intention)

"Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Benefits, Devotion, Enemies, Enemy, Intention, Man, Will)

"Even the distribution of rations leaves much to be desired; the fatigue party, well-intentioned and sympathetic though it be, often finds itself short of provisions."
- Patrick MacGill
(Related: Fatigue, Party)

"My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage. I will never consider an offer to lecture, not because I despise the vocation, but because I have no desire to appear on the public rostrum."
- Mary MacLane
(Related: Desire, Intention, Public, Vocation, Will)

"The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: People, Successful, Jazz, Listening, Musicians, Now, Right)

"A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself."
- Roberto Burle Marx
(Related: Artist, Garden, Intentions)

"The intentions of record companies are not good, from the musician's perspective."
- Melissa Auf der Maur
(Related: Intentions, Perspective)

"In the Steven F. Austin Colony, which was the first colony, Texans first established a provisional government in 1835 with the intention of writing a declaration of independence soon after."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Government, First, Independence, Intention, Writing)

"You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan."
- Ian Mcewan
(Related: God, End, Intention, Man, Relax, Satan, State)

"The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Belief, Actions, Intentions)

"I am 1,000 percent for Tom Eagleton and I have no intention of dropping him from the ticket."
- George McGovern
(Related: Intention)

"I don't think the NFL had the slightest intention of taking me, except as maybe a water boy."
- Joel McHale
(Related: Intention, Water)

"In Oxford before the war, I had, with this interest in mind, written a short textbook entitled, An Introduction to Economic Analysis and Policy. It was now my intention to rewrite this work."
- James Meade
(Related: Work, War, Policy, Intention, Interest, Mind, Now)

"I never say a funny thing intentionally."
- Jayne Meadows
(Related: Funny)

"Artists, no matter how good their intentions, are always slower than they think."
- Mark Millar
(Related: Artists, Intentions)

"Should we fear hackers? Intention is at the heart of this discussion."
- Kevin Mitnick
(Related: Heart, Fear, Intention)

"I love being irreverent. But I hate being irrelevant. I love being irreverent because at the end of the day your actions belie your intentions."
- Esai Morales
(Related: Love, Actions, Being, Day, End, Hate, Intentions)

"It was always my intention that The Frieze should be housed in a room which would provide a suitable architectural frame for it."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Intention)

"All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: Consequences, Intentions, Sin)

"I went back to graduate school with the clear intention that what I wanted to do with my life was to improve societies, and the way to do that was to find out what made economies work the way they did or fail to work."
- Douglass North
(Related: Life, Work, Intention, School)

"I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Equality, People, Actions, Country, Intentions, Liberty, Mistakes, Promise, World)

"You can pour holy oil and holy water on a thug until you have emptied buckets of both; but at the end he will be a consecrated thug, but a thug all the same unless interior intentions and a disciplined man are present."
- William H. O'Connell
(Related: End, Intentions, Man, Oil, Present, Water, Will)

"How many wives have been forced by the death of well-intentioned but too protective husbands to face reality late in life, bewildered and frightened because they were strangers to it!"
- Hortense Odlum
(Related: Death, Life, Husbands, Reality, Strangers, Wives)

"Our intention is to give people, however you might stylize it, a tax cut or a pay raise."
- Paul O'Neill
(Related: People, Tax, Intention)

"I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back, I'd take it back. It's not my intention to be personally critical of the President or of anyone else."
- Paul O'Neill
(Related: Intention, Language, President)

"Families are the tie that reminds us of yesterday, provide strength and support today, and give us hope for tomorrow. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, or well-managed, can provide what our families provide."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Government, Hope, Strength, Support, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"There are days when I intentionally don't write. For instance, I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Travel, Listening, Traveling)

"I have no intention of becoming a shorthand author."
- Isaac Pitman
(Related: Intention)

"Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: American, Cinema, Intention, Nothing, Reality, Result)

"Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Education, Religion, Society, Intentions, Religious)

"My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition, here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition, that the composition moved towards perfection with the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation."
- Maurice Ravel
(Related: Chance, Intention, Intuition, Perfection)

"To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Economy, Intention, World)

"So to hope to be able to have peace, to be able to have justice and environmental balance, are consequences of our behavior, not just our intentions."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Environmental, Peace, Hope, Balance, Behavior, Consequences, Intentions, Justice)

"Any agreement that you have isn't going to be based on North Korea's intentions or trust."
- Mitchell Reiss
(Related: Trust, Agreement, Intentions)

"So on May 1, 1987, at Gary's invitation, I agreed to see him one last time - to confront him face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention of ending our brief relationship."
- Donna Rice
(Related: Time, Ending, Intention, May, Sincerity)

"In the end, a small section of the crowd, maybe 2,000 to 3,000, turned against me. And that was it. Inside the club they know your best intentions, but the minority shout louder than the rest."
- Bryan Robson
(Related: End, Intentions, Minority, Rest)

"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
(Related: Wisdom, Action, Effect, Intention)

"The remarks about my reaching the age of Social Security and coming to the end of the road, they jolted me. And that was good. Because I sure as hell had no intention of just sitting around for the rest of my life. So I'd whip out the paints and really go to it."
- Norman Rockwell
(Related: Age, Life, End, Hell, Intention, Rest, Road, Security)

"In the first place, when there is a policy of intentional aggression, inspired by a desire to get possession of the territory or the trade of another country, right or wrong, a pretext is always sought."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Policy, Aggression, Country, Desire, First, Possession, Right, Trade, Wrong)

"It wasn't my intention in going after this part but I suppose now I do. The adult roles are a lot meatier - you're not always just the daughter or the girlfriend or whatever."
- Emmy Rossum
(Related: Daughter, Girlfriend, Intention, Now)

"There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring."
- Tim Roth
(Related: Life, Character, Acting, Actor, Famous, Intention, Pressure, Pretty, Will)

"One of the most amazing things I got from the film, so much green screen, there are so many moments and it really taught me about how important it is to have an intention when flying, when going somewhere and having an intention."
- Brandon Routh
(Related: Film, Flying, Intention, Moments)

"The hardest task in a girl's life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Life, Intentions, Man)

"One cannot help being impressed by the protesters. They have begun each day of the protest in Kiev in prayer and all activities are accomplished with a collective sense of respect, kindness, and an intention to conduct a peaceful revolution."
- Bob Schaffer
(Related: Being, Day, Revolution, Help, Intention, Kindness, Prayer, Protest, Respect, Sense)

"Even with the best of intentions, even when they're very smart and knowledgeable - as opposed to George W., who is neither - it doesn't seem to matter."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: Intentions)

"However, intention needn't enter in, and if a reader sees things in a religious way, and the work is dogmatically acceptable, then I don't see why it should not be interpreted in that way, as well as in others."
- James Schuyler
(Related: Work, Intention, Religious)

"An utterance can have Intentionality, just as a belief has Intentionality, but whereas the Intentionality of the belief is intrinsic the Intentionality of the utterance is derived."
- John Searle
(Related: Belief)

"Our tools are extensions of our purposes, and so we find it natural to make metaphorical attributions of intentionality to them; but I take it no philosophical ice is cut by such examples."
- John Searle
(Related: Tools)

"With this new album, I prepared for it a long time, and I was happy with the songs and the production. I felt that I proved myself with the first album, and with this new album, I just want to share some of my music. And that was always my feeling and my intention."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Music, Time, Feeling, First, Intention, Production, Songs, Want)

"My intention when I came into this industry was to be a musician, not necessarily a recording artist, just a musician in general. And that's the reason I went to college and got my degree, which has been great for me. It's helped me a lot with my career."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Artist, Career, College, Intention, Reason)

"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Intention)

"Most previous immigrants came to the United States to become Americans, with no intention of returning home. They relinquished their ties with their homeland. English was their key to prosperity, and they worked hard to master it."
- John Shadegg
(Related: Home, Americans, English, Intention, Key, Prosperity, states, United)

"I imagine that the intention is to get rid of them. The interests of security demand that we get rid of them."
- Moshe Sharett
(Related: Intention, Security)

"I certainly had no intention of playing a man."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Intention, Man)

"Well, I love Pink Floyd, so I wouldn't be offended by it. I only intentionally robbed them three or four times."
- Josh Silver
(Related: Love)

"You have to think an awful lot about your motivations or people's behavioral intentions or what their body language can indicate or what's really going on or what makes people sometimes do, sometimes, the irrational things they do."
- Ron Silver
(Related: People, Body, Intentions, Language)

"I think I can deceive people. I'm like, the nice, sweet girl when you meet me. And I don't have any bad intentions. But I'm a bad girl too."
- Alicia Silverstone
(Related: People, Intentions)

"But I learned first-hand how the news media operates by watching how they interpreted, changed, and misrepresented my intentions."
- Joey Skaggs
(Related: First, Intentions, Media, News)

"Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Intention, Sincerity)

"Is your remarkably sexist drivel intentional, or just some horrible mistake?"
- Yeardley Smith
(Related: Mistake)

"My major in college was Chinese Studies. It was very intentional."
- Mira Sorvino
(Related: College)

"It has been more wittily than charitably said that hell is paved with good intentions; they have their place in heaven also."
- Robert Southey
(Related: Heaven, Hell, Intentions)

"When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it - and everybody was talking about it - that I decided to keep it."
- Mark Spitz
(Related: Intention, Talking)

"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Practice)

"I'm delirious with joy. It proves that if you confront the universe with good intentions in your heart, it will reflect that and reward your intent. Usually. It just doesn't always do it in the way you expect."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Heart, Intentions, Joy, Reward, Universe, Will)

"Back in the 1960s, the number of deaths each year from unintentional poisoning was 15 times greater than it is today."
- Hal Stratton
(Related: Today)

"My first real breakthrough collided with the last months of Callaghan's Labour government, which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did."
- Peter Straub
(Related: Success, Government, First, Intention, Months)

"On the subject of emigration, it is not my intention to dwell at any length."
- Charles Sturt
(Related: Intention)

"It is my intention to proceed slowly with our trenches."
- Peter Stuyvesant
(Related: Intention)

"There are a lot of movies I'd like to throw away. That's not to say that I went in with that attitude. Any film I ever started, I went in with all the hope and best intentions in the world, but some films just don't work."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Movies, Work, Attitude, Hope, Film, Intentions, World)

"A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Lie, Desire, Intention, Words)

"I watched what method Nature might take, with intention of subduing the symptom by treading in her footsteps."
- Thomas Sydenham
(Related: Nature, Footsteps, Intention)

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Money, Intentions)

"Superfund was passed with the good intention of cleaning up America's toxic waste sites."
- Fred Thompson
(Related: America, Intention, Waste)

"Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Violence)

"So we knew their intentions were to strike in the United States. We also knew from other sources of dozens of examples of where the notion of using planes as weapons was discussed."
- Richard Ben Veniste
(Related: Intentions, states, United, Weapons)

"Now, the United Nations is an organization that I believe was founded with good intentions. As a matter of fact, a prominent Tennessean named Cordell Hull was very involved with it."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Fact, Intentions, Nations, Now, United)

"If I commit an error I do it without bad intention."
- Stand Watie
(Related: Error, Intention)

"My great crime in the world is blunder I will get into scrapes without intention or any bad motive."
- Stand Watie
(Related: Crime, Intention, Motive, Will, World)

"Many Japanese painters and calligraphers would change their names intentionally to keep their relationship to the art always fresh. This way, others' expectations can be avoided."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Art, Change, Expectations, Names)

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Feelings, Gentleman)

"I would say to young physicians that the more you intentionally improve the lives of the people in the community you serve the better your life will be and the greater your value will be to the community."
- Samuel Wilson
(Related: Life, People, Community, Physicians, Value, Will)

"It has never demonstrated any desire to provide humane treatment to captured Americans. If anything, the murders of Nicholas Berg and Daniel Pearl declare al Qaeda's intentions to kill even innocent civilian prisoners."
- John Yoo
(Related: Americans, Desire, Intentions, Treatment)

"So that is how I ended up with those two titles, I like Accidentally on Purpose better - it is how we work in our trade - is it really an accident, or is there a thread of destiny in there? That was the intention, I am not sure I found out."
- Michael York
(Related: Work, Purpose, Accident, Destiny, Intention, Titles, Trade)

"I think we're entering a very dangerous time. The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge, not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind."
- Thom Yorke
(Related: Time, Intentions, Mankind)

"Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Nature, Evil, Goodness, Human nature)