The end justifies the means

The end justifies the means.

Prov. You can use bad or immoral methods as long as you accomplish something good by using them. (Not everyone agrees with this idea.) Lucy got money for the orphanage by embezzling it from the firm where she worked. "The end justifies the means," she told herself. The politician clearly believed that the end justifies the means, since he used all kinds of nefarious means to get elected.
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The end justifies the means.

something that you say which means that in order to achieve an important aim, it is acceptable to do something bad Unfortunately, we'll have to cut down the forest to make space for the golf course, but I feel the end justifies the means.
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References in classic literature ?
Unhappily Orin Silver, a man of far-reaching aims, had died too soon to prove that the end justifies the means.
A club statement read: "At a time when the world of football often resembles a jungle where the end justifies the means, we would like to acknowledge the exemplary behaviour of this venerable Scottish club.
The new technology resulting in three-parent babies once again mentions nothing about the human embryonic loss of life, simply our modern ideology is that the end justifies the means.
Directed by Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles), the film is a pleasant enough, light-hearted watch and the end justifies the means.
Of course the end justifies the means and, thanks to our friends at some of the region's most popular venues and attractions, we had put together a pretty special list of prizes to fill each of the three goody bags we'll be giving away to our three lucky (and very clever, obviously) winners.
People may say the end justifies the means because they ultimately won the senior, but not for me.
The Catholic Church has always condemnded the principle that the end justifies the means.
The Prince" is regarded as one of the first works of modern political philosophy and argues the end justifies the means - that it is reasonable to sacrifice one's virtues to maintain power.
It does not really matter how the business is motivated (saving money or saving energy) - the end justifies the means.
Still, this adventure will cost the country dearly but this is not a great sum for the government if the end justifies the means.
Whatever words may or may not have been exchanged on the touchline at the Amsterdam ArenA, Mourinho is someone who always gives the impression that for him the end justifies the means.
To condone condom use to pre vent the spread of HIV is to say that the end justifies the means.
Obama's pragmatic inaugural address confirms that he is governed by the Marxist belief that the end justifies the means - a belief which allows him to support the systematic murder of innocent children through abortion and embryonic stem cell research as if such people were a sub-class of human beings.
Because his administration has so thoroughly embraced the belief that the end justifies the means, a prudent person has ample reason to question Bush's related assertions that the United States does not torture prisoners, that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror and that Iran represents a grave and imminent threat.
They're a disgrace, under the tutelage of a manager determined to practise the doctrine of Machiavelli, that the end justifies the means.