the end justifies the means

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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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