Posted by ESC on November 16, 2006
In Reply to: The road to failure is paved with good intentions posted by Smokey Stover on November 15, 2006
: : Who said "the road to failure is paved with good intentions"?
: I don't know if anyone did. However, numerous people have quoted what appears to be a warning by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, which can be freely translated as "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." There's an excellent discussion in the Archives (previous page, Search Box at top) under "Road to hell". Please look there.
A couple of sources say this guy was first with the exact phrase.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Henry G. Bohn, Hand-Book of Proverbs, 1855)