Meaning of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” in the English Dictionary

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"the road to hell is paved with good intentions" in British English

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the road to hell is paved with good intentions

saying

said to emphasize that you must not simply intend to behave well but you must act according to your intentions, because you will have problems or be punished if you do not

(Definition of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)