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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions


David W Jackson

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Consider these two:

通往地狱的道路是由好心铺成的。

通往地狱的道路是用良好的意愿铺成的。

These are perfectly valid sentences, but they are still only translations. Maybe there is some chengyu or other idiomatic expression with the same or similar meaning - using that would be much more elegant. But that is a question for other forum users...

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Thanks chaps. With a slightly less fuddled brain I found another one today too:

仅有良好的意图是不够的 (merely having excellent intentions is not enough) which I quite like. A question: does anyone know of a Proverbs/Idiom Dictionary which is searchable English-Chinese as opposed to the other way round which is what all the ones I have are?

Happy Holidays! :D

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