"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

This is one of my favourite quotes, but I don’t have a source. Do the TM know where it’s from?



From Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:

Hell is paved with good intentions. This occurs as a saying of Dr. Johnson (Boswell’s life, entry for 16 April 1775), but is a good deal older. It is given by George Herbert (Jacula Prudentum, 1633) as “Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.” The usual form today is, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”


Thank you much!