intentionBecause of a unanticipated turn of financial fate, my friend has been forced to abandon her dream path and return to a full-time job.

Yesterday she asked me to help her not lose sight of her dream, to not let her get caught in the work-a-day business world vortex and disappear into a swirl of reports, bottom line analyses, and singular focus on climbing the corporate ladder.

She wants me to help her remember that success carries many definitions.

Which got me to thinking about intentions.

Quotes about intentions

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another. ~J.M. Barrie

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing. ~Pablo Picasso

Before you find your soul mate, you must first discover your soul. ~Charles F. Glassman

Anyone can see that intending and not acting when we can is not really intending, and loving and not doing good when we can is not really loving. ~Emanuel Swedenborg

Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention. ~Bryant McGill

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face that turns us from failure toward success. ~Dorothea Brande

I expect the unexpected; make the unfamiliar familiar; make the unknown known; make the uncomfortable comfortable; believe the unbelievable. ~Charles F. Glassman

It is intent which establishes one’s consequential outcomes. ~T.F. Hodge

An alarm clock is a device to wake a man up who has no plans or intentions for the future that could make him wake up himself.  ~ Vikrant Parsai

Good intentions might sound nice, but it’s positive actions that matter. ~Tim Fargo

With or without our knowledge, we are all alchemists. ~Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Name your intention. ~Patti Digh

In all the ills that befall us, we are more concerned by the intention than the result. A tile that falls off a roof may injure us more seriously, but it will not wound us so deeply as a stone thrown deliberately by a malevolent hand. The blow may miss, but the intention always strikes home. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A good intention clothes itself with power. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The road to hell is paved with good intentions corrupted by our fears. ~ Lloyd Strom

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don’t intend to act on. But you can’t have a goal you don’t intend to act on. ~Tom Morris

Do you have a favorite quote about intentions?

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