the end justifies the means

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EtymologyEdit

Widely attributed to Machiavelli’s The Prince[1], which does reflect this philosophy but does not use the phrase in this wording. A possible source is Ovid’s Heroides (ca. 10 BC), which says Exitus acta probat(The result justifies the deeds).

ProverbEdit

the end justifies the means

  1. Morally wrong actions are sometimes necessary to achieve morally right outcomes; actions can only be considered morally right or wrong by virtue of the morality of the outcome.

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  1. ^ http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/Outline_of_Great_Books_Volume_I/machiavell_bfa.html