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1. "My intention is to do more films."
Author: Adepero Oduye
2. "I deigned to suggest to him that it was also the American thing -- America was nothing if not good intentions."
Author: Aleksandar Hemon
3. "I saw Derzhavin only once in my life but shall never forget that occasion. It was in 1815 at a public examination in the Lyceum. When we boys learned Derzhavin was coming, all of us grew excited. Delvig went out on the stairs to wait for him and kiss his hand, the hand that had written 'The Waterfall.' Derzhavin arrived. Derzhavin entered the vestibule, and Delvig heard him ask the janitor: 'Where is the privy here, my good fellow?' This prosaic question disenchanted Delvig, who canceled his intent and returned to the reception hall. Delvig told me the story with wonderful bonhomie and good humor."
Author: Alexander Pushkin
4. "Job was astonished at seeing Almighty God so intent on doing good to us that He seems to have nothing more at heart than to love us and to induce us to love Him in return."
Author: Alphonsus Liguori
5. "The necessary consequence of man's right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative.If some "pacifist" society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the first thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage and reward it."
Author: Ayn Rand
6. "Nevertheless . . was a word, certainly, but much more than a word, it was a concept. "Nevertheless" was what you said when you were not going to budge, whether expressing an opinion or an intention. It was a statement, not a question, and the only word in the English language to which it was pointless to respond. If you wanted to end a conversation or an argument "nevertheless" was your word."
Author: Brunonia Barry
7. "He gave a hard smile and the oxygen in my lungs evaporated. "Weboth know I'm not a gentleman.""Yeah. Okay, let me out. I'm tired.""There's something else," he said, and I groaned."What now?""This." He stepped closer to me, so close that the containers weresandwiched between us. His eyeslooked down into mine, intent and golden, like a lion."Oh, no, you don't!" I hissed, dropping everything. I pushed hardagainst his chest; it was like shovinga tree."Yes," he said very softly, leaning down. "Yes, I do."
Author: Cate Tiernan
8. "But the sun itself, however beneficent, generally, was less kind to Coketown than hard frost, and rarely looked intently into any of its closer regions without engendering more death than life. So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the thing it looks upon to bless."
Author: Charles Dickens
9. "While God is not the author of evil and He never prompts or condones sin, nothing occurs without His sovereign oversight. Others may choose to do evil deeds and God's people may suffer in the short term, but He will transform the evil intentions of evil people into opportunities for the enrichment of those in His care."
Author: Charles R. Swindoll
10. "If my mother's intention in whole or in part was to ensure that I never had to suffer any indignity or embarrassment for being a Jew, then she succeeded well enough. And in any case there were enough intermarriages and 'conversions' on both sides of her line to make me one of those many mischling hybrids who are to be found distributed all over the known world. And, as someone who doesn't really believe that the human species is subdivided by 'race,' let alone that a nation or nationality can be defined by its religion, why should I not let the whole question slide away from me? Why—and then I'll stop asking rhetorical questions—did I at some point resolve that, in whatever tone of voice I was asked 'Are you a Jew?' I would never hear myself deny it?"
Author: Christopher Hitchens
11. "No sé por qué estoy tratando de ocultarle mi reacción, pero ¿no es lo que la gente hace? Tratamos tan fuertemente de ocultar todo lo que realmente sentimos de aquellos quienes probablemente más necesitan saber nuestros verdaderos sentimientos. La gente intenta enfrascar sus emociones, como si de alguna manera estuviera mal tener reacciones naturales a la vida."
Author: Collen Hoover
12. "Él le cogió la mano y cruzaron la calle hasta el hotel. Intentó leerle el corazón en el apretón de su mano, pero no adivinó nada."
Author: Cormac McCarthy
13. "A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker."
Author: David Hume
14. "This is a generation weaned on Watergate, and there is no presumption of innocence and no presumption of good intentions. Instead, there is a presumption that, without relentless scrutiny, the government will misbehave."
Author: Dee Dee Myers
15. "A conversation in which the two parties have different beliefs should never begin with the intention of converting the other party to your own beliefs. Every worthwhile conversation's goal should be to understand the other person's opinions and help them understand your own."
Author: Emily Eskowich
16. "In the continuing debate over the morality of enhanced interrogation, an essential consideration is often overlooked: intent."
Author: Gary Bauer
17. "Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear."
Author: George Eliot
18. "I wanted to do pretty much a purely boy story, yes. The girls are kind of the bad guys in 'Marble Season', although that wasn't my intention. It's also a world without adults."
Author: Gilbert Hernandez
19. "I hurt myself deeply, though at the time I had no idea how deeply. I should have learned many things from that experience, but when I look back on it, all I gained was one single, undeniable fact. That ultimately I am a person who can do evil. I never consciously tried to hurt anyone, yet good intentions notwithstanding, when necessity demanded, I could become completely self-centred, even cruel. I was the kind of person who could, using some plausible excuse, inflict on a person I cared for a wound that would never heal."
Author: Haruki Murakami
20. "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."
Author: Helen Garner
21. "It is easy to surround yourself with people who think in the same ways, believe the same ideas, and live life in similar patterns. Many communities are made up of the same kind of people to the extent that we intentionally have to seek people whose stories are completely different from ours."
Author: Holly Sprink
22. "In 1977, when I started my first job at the Federal Reserve Board as a staff economist in the Division of International Finance, it was an article of faith in central banking that secrecy about monetary policy decisions was the best policy: Central banks, as a rule, did not discuss these decisions, let alone their future policy intentions."
Author: Janet Yellen
23. "Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy."
Author: Jimmy Breslin
24. "Reading with an eye towards metaphor allows us to become the person we're reading about, while reading about them. That's why there is symbols in books and why your English teacher deserves your attention. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if the author intended the symbol to be there because the job of reading is not to understand the author's intent. The job of reading is to use stories as a way into seeing other people as a we ourselves."
Author: John Green
25. "He wanted to be a lawyer, couldn't afford it, so he started dealing to go to college - good intention."
Author: John Leguizamo
26. "He clung to the story as to a vow whose abandonment might bring down on his head all kinds of grief and misfortune. He felt very alone, on an interminable day full of evil omens, and the story, though resistant to some of his intentions, was at least a testimony to reality and coherence"
Author: José María Merino
27. "It's okay to offer criticism if your intention is to be helpful. But if you only criticize when there is an audience to applaud and snicker...For shame!!"
Author: Karen E. Quinones Miller
28. "De pronto, tuve una horrible certeza. Por más tiempo que viviera, jamás podría esperar una felicidad mayor que la que sentía en aquel momento. Lo único que podía hacer era intentar conservarla para siempre. Me horrorizó la felicidad que sentía. Si la porción de dicha que corresponde a cada uno estaba fijada de antemano, en aquellos instantes quizá estuviera agotando la parte que a mí me correspondía para mi vida entera, Y, algún día, los mensajeros de la luna me arrebatarían a mi princesa. Entonces sólo me quedaría un tiempo tan largo como la vida eterna."
Author: Kyōichi Katayama
29. "It constantly amazes me that defenders of the free market are expected to offer certainty and perfection while government has only to make promises and express good intentions. Many times, for instance, I've heard people say, "A free market in education is a bad idea because some child somewhere might fall through the cracks," even though in today's government school, millions of children are falling through the cracks every day."
Author: Lawrence W. Reed
30. "I began to see the magic of Jocelyn's horse psychology school. You couldn't put on airs with a horse, as we so often do with people. Horses look through the masks we wear and the things we say. They see who we really are. They gauge our intentions in a thousand invisible ways that have nothing to do with the words we say. They shy away from the barriers of fear, self-centeredness, jealousy, anger, impatience. They are drawn in by kindness, understanding, concern, openness, love.The thing is, so are people."
Author: Lisa Wingate
31. "Toute ma vie, j'ai été habitué à ce que les autres se trompent sur mon compte. C'est le lot de tout homme public. Il lui faut une solide cuirasse; car s'il fallait donner des explications pour se justifier quand on se méprend sur vos intentions, la vie deviendrait insupportable. Je me suis fait une règle de ne jamais intervenir pour rectifier ce genre d'erreur, à moins que ne l'exige la cause que je défends. Ce principe m'a épargné bien du temps et bien des tracas."
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
32. "But there is a discomfort that surrounds grief. It makes even the most well-intentioned people unsure of what to say. And so many of the freshly bereaved end up feeling even more alone."
Author: Meghan O'Rourke
33. "Focus your intention on your dreams, you can wave magic when you set your heart and mind to it"
Author: Miranda Kerr
34. "Fairies with gossamer wings, Bring forth beauty, grace and joyful things. Fairies of the earth are caretakers of our soil, water and trees,They watch over beautiful creatures such as bears, bunnies and bees.Fairies ask that you breathe in and appreciate the vantage point from which you stand,Then trod carefully and respectfully with each intentional step you make across this beautiful land."
Author: Molly Friedenfeld
35. "Miri once told me that there were only four important ques­tions you could ask about any human being: How does he fill up his time? How does he feel about how he fills up his time? What does he love? How does he react to those he perceives as either inferior or superior to him?If you make people feel inferior, even unintentionally," she had said, her dark eyes intense, "they will be uncomfortable around you. In that situation, some people will attack. Some will ridicule, to 'cut you down to size.' But some will admire, and learn from you. If you make people feel superior, some will react by dis­missing you. Some by wielding power — just because they can — in greater or lesser ways. But some will be moved to protect and help. All this is just as true of a junior lodge clique as of a group of governments."
Author: Nancy Kress
36. "Your intention for a book is never the same as the reception."
Author: Neil Strauss
37. "Nature" doesn't really have intentions, per se. Nature is a drunk waking up from a weekend bender, ambling through a messy kitchen in a pair of mismatched slippers, seeing its car in the neighbor's pool and saying, "Ah good. It was dirty. Just the thing."
Author: Pat Connid
38. "I went to bed without reading, instead staring out my window with the curtains drawn, wondering about boys. Why did they behave so oddly? One minute their teasing was relentless, and then bam! -- they'd stun you with a thoughtful gesture. Either way, their actions made you want to cry. Maybe that was the intent."
Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
39. "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."
Author: Robert Higgs
40. "Everything in physiology follows the rule that too much can be as bad as too little. There are optimal points of allostatic balance. For example, while a moderate amount of exercise generally increases bone mass, thirty-year-old athletes who run 40 to 50 miles a week can wind up with decalcified bones, decreased bone mass, increased risk of stress fractures and scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine)—their skeletons look like those of seventy-year-olds. To put exercise in perspective, imagine this: sit with a group of hunter-gatherers from the African grasslands and explain to them that in our world we have so much food and so much free time that some of us run 26 miles in a day, simply for the sheer pleasure of it. They are likely to say, "Are you crazy? That's stressful." Throughout hominid history, if you're running 26 miles in a day, you're either very intent on eating someone or someone's very intent on eating you."
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
41. "Intentions don't matter. It's the end result we're all judged by. Evil in the name of good is still evil. And when you dance with the devil, you seldom get to pick the tune."
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
42. "«Pacatul tine de etica doar in cazul in care esueaza pe acest concept cu ajutorul pocaintei...Etica [nu este] niciodata observatoare, ci acuzatoare, judecatoare, in actiune.» Intelegem, deci, ca etica nu are o componenta maieutica, cum aveau predica si conversatia socratica - ea acuza, judeca si razbuna universalul. Punctul ingust de vedere al eticii priveste problema pacatului prin notiunea de pocainta: motto-ul unei asemenea atitudini este «am pacatuit, deci trebuie sa ma pocaiesc». De ce este meschina o asemenea atitudine? Pentru ca intentia sa este clara: «trebuie sa ma pocaiesc, pentru a pacatui din nou». Este implicit ca nu se rezolva nimic prin aceasta incadrare etica a pacatului (care face o pauza simbolica, pentru a se reimprosapta, inainte de a-si urma obiceiul) si se intelege mai usor de ce Haufniensis leaga, intr-o nota explicativa, pocainta de repetare sau de «pasiunea absurdului»."
Author: Ştefan Bolea
43. "Almost done," he said. Trinity pulled back, and her cheeks were still red. "You set me on fire?" He winced. "Yeah. Sorry about that. Wasn't intentional."
Author: Stephanie Rowe
44. "It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake."
Author: Stephen R. Covey
45. "So many financial dreams are thwarted by the failure to act upon good intentions."
Author: Suze Orman
46. "Tuve oportunidades. Probé ytraté.Cosí la vida a mi vida como una vozrara.Caminé con cuidado, con precaución,como un objeto extraño.Intenté no pensar demasiado. Tratéde ser natural."
Author: Sylvia Plath
47. "Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician's karmic calamity."
Author: T.F. Hodge
48. "The danger in trying to do good is that the mind comes to confuse the intent of goodness with the act of doing things well."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
49. "Don't bury the past if you have intentions of visiting the grave on its anniversary."
Author: Vikrant Parsai
50. "Y mientras gesticulas, con tu capa, tu bastón, intento exponer ante ti un secreto que nadie conoce: estoy pidiéndote (en pie detrás de ti) que tomes mi vida entre tus manos y me digas si estoy condenado a inspirar repulsión en aquellos a quienes amo."
Author: Virginia Woolf

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Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are myrevolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity ofconsciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitationto death—and I refuse suicide."
Author: Albert Camus

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