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Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society. Felix Frankfurter
We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come. Maria Weston Chapman
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. Leon Trotsky
History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. Karl Marx
Human freedom is realized in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end Immanuel Kant
Huey Long’s methods outdid the good he did with the results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Whoever places greater emphasis upon the product rather than the process, upon an all-sanctifying end rather than upon the means for achieving it, is opening the doors of anarchy Sidney Hook
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
One must be especially wary of an Administration that seems to feel that what it judges to be a good end, always justifies any means. Robert Byrd
Technology is just a means. It's not the end. Subhashree Madhavan
You are not to do evil that good may come of it. Non faciat malum, ut inde veniat bonum. Anonymous
The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth. John Quincy Adams
The first sign of corruption in a society ... is that the ends justify the means. Georges Bernanos
The final end of government is not to exert restraint but to do good. Rufus Choate
Look through the whole histories of countries professing the Romish religion and you will uniformly find the leaven of this besetting and accursed principle of action—that the end will sanction any means. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Liberty is not a means to higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Throughout history there have been no ideal ends which were attained with non-ideal, inhumane means, just as there has been no free society which was built by slaves. Nothing so well reveals the reality and greatness of ends as the methods used to obtain them. Milovan Djilas
A first principle of Anglo-American jurisprudence is that the ends do not justify the means. William O. Douglas
The power of eminent domain is merely the means to an end. William O. Douglas
The press will commonly reflect (or even try to create) the view that the end justifies the means. Those of us dedicated to the law must stand before these gales. William O. Douglas
Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself, but a means to the end of a free society. Felix Frankfurter
A great politician has to bother himself less with means than with goals. Adolf Hitler
No one may do evil that good may come. Ward Hunt
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of a high obligation.... To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself ... absurdly sacrificing the end to the means. Thomas Jefferson
Assuming you get useful information from torture, then why not always use torture? Why stop at the bomb that’s already been planted and people who know where the explosives are? Why not people who are building the explosives, or people who are donating money, or transferring the funds for the explosives? Why stop at the victim himself? Why not torture the victims’ families, their relatives, their neighbors? If the end justifies the means, then where would you draw the line? Jessica Montell
If the end does not justify the means, what does? Robert Moses
The inclinations of men differ according to their varied dispositions; and each one in his calling has his particular end in view Samuel de Champlain
Historians of the future will examine how and why, the end disappearing behind the means, the Communists spirit ceased to be opposed to the Fascist spirit, and even to be differentiated from it. Andre Gide
it is in vaine for a man to have a Right to the end, if the Right to the necessary meanes be deny'd him. Thomas Hobbes
The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes … values such as the dignity of every human person, respect for inviolable and inalienable rights, and the adoption of the “common good” as the end and criterion regulating political life. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
The end must justify the means. Matthew Prior
Necessity has its own rules Arab Proverb
The problem with absolutist beliefs that they can get you into traps in which the ends justify the means. Brent Scowcroft
One who deserteth the Means, deserteth the Ends Thomas Hobbes
Punishing libels public or private is foolish, because it does not answer the end, and because the end is a bad one, if it could be answered. James Burgh
The Holy Scriptures say that jihad will continue till the Day of Judgment. This means that the mujahideen will not revert to ordinary life. You cannot simply abandon jihad. Once you get training to wage jihad, and you wage jihad, you only change locations, but you have to continue the struggle…. The end justifies the means. When you start jihad, it starts dominating you, because it gives you power over the rest of the world. All other things become subordinated to jihad. Even the concept of Islam boils down to jihad for the mujahideen. All other Islamic concepts - even when they are important - they become subordinated to jihad. Jihad becomes the ultimate end even for the Islamic belief system. These mujahideen ignore many, many important Islamic concepts Arif Jamal
So long as people believe in the perfectibility of man, they will continue to use those freedom-destroying ‘bad means’ (totalitarianism) that promise the quickest shortcut to this ‘good end.’ Peter Robert Edwin Viereck
Nothing is more reasonable than to resolve to bear with an evil, from which a greater good must certainly arise. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
There is an extremism of ends and there is an extremism of means. The Muslim Brotherhood desired ends are extreme, but their means are not. They are committed to non violence as a means. Tarek Masoud
Jihad must not be likened to terror. Jihad means making sacrifices in order to restore what has been stolen, defend one's property, expel the occupier, and make Allah's word supreme, while terror is occupying someone else's land... Muhammad Badi
Why should you care? Your side won. Richard Helms
I regard office as not an end but an opportunity. William Randolph Hearst
It is a maxim of our municipal law, and, I believe, of universal law, that he who permits the end, permits of course the means, without which the end cannot be effected Thomas Jefferson
A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men. Thomas Paine
To say that prediction is the purpose of a scientific theory is to confuse means with ends. It is like saying that the purpose of a spaceship is to burn fuel. ... Passing experimental tests is only one of many things a theory has to do to achieve the real purpose of science, which is to explain the world. David Deutsch
The production of goods had become an end in itself and the consumption of goods only the means to further production. Lionel Trilling
Washington concentrates on the ends of government and not the means. But the people are so disgusted by the means, that that is what they now are worried about. Matthew Dowd
Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces. Simone de Beauvoir
Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods. Margaret Chase Smith
The end must justify the means. Matthew Prior
The philanthropist, the politician, and the pimp are inevitably found in alliance because they have the same motives, they seek the same ends, to exist for, through, and by others Isabel Paterson
It is a deplorable thing to see all men deliberating on means alone, and not on the end. Blaise Pascal
Although I was aware they were illegal. We had become somewhat inured to using some activities that would help us in accomplishing what we thought was a legitimate cause Jeb Stuart Magruder
We ought to see clearly that the end does justify the means Charles Wagner
I am an Anarchist not because I believe Anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal. Rudolph Rocker
Knowledge," in the sense of information, means the working capital, the indispensable resources, of further inquiry; of finding out, or learning, more things. Frequently it is treated as an end in itself, and then the goal becomes to heap it up and display it when called for. This static, cold-storage ideal of knowledge is inimical to educative development. It not only lets occasions for thinking go unused, but it swamps thinking. John Dewey
Each generation is inclined to educate its young so as to get along in the present world instead of with a view to the proper end of education: the promotion of the best possible realization of humanity as humanity. John Dewey
Ask of politicians the end for which laws were originally designed, and they will answer that the laws were designed as a protection for the poor and weak against the oppression of the rich and powerful. But surely no pretense can be so ridiculous Edmund Burke
The question is, where do you draw the line between someone trying to thwart the other person because they want to thwart something they don’t agree with, as opposed to just wanting to thwart him. When the struggle is an end, not just a means to an end. Scott Wetzler
Peace is the necessary rational end of rational men. John F. Kennedy
The real strength of the democratic theory in opposition to the fascist or communist is that the fascist frankly states that certain people will tell other people what they shall do to be happy, and those other people have little or nothing to say about it. In theory the communists were to do everything in common, in practice a small group there also tells other people what they shall do to achieve their objectives. So far more nearly than any other form of government, the democratic form has allowed people to shape their own government Eleanor Roosevelt
If you really want to help your country, sometimes you have to make uncomfortable decisions. Anthony Horowitz
The ends do not justify the means. The means are the ends. Gloria Steinem
The ends do not always justify the means William Sloane Coffin
He’s on our side and that’s all that matters. Besides, one needn’t ask him to one’s club. Allen Dulles
The great end of all human industry, is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. David Hume
Democracy is not the end product, but the means to the end, which is the enjoyment of human rights by all. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
Not just whether but how we find our way truly matters. Ira Katznelson
The means you use must be as pure as the ends you seek. Martin Luther King Jr.
The United Nations is a means. It is not an end for American foreign policy. James Baker
Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally, indeed, neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it.... He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Adam Smith
… perversion of the ethical values soon crystallized into the all-dominating slogan of the Communist Party: THE END JUSTIFIES ALL MEANS. Similarly in the past the Inquisition and the Jesuits adopted this motto and subordinated to it all morality. It avenged itself upon the Jesuits as it did upon the Russian Revolution. In the wake of this slogan followed lying, deceit, hypocrisy and treachery, murder, open and secret. It should be of utmost interest to students of social psychology that two movements as widely separated in time and ideas as Jesuitism and Bolshevism reached exactly similar results in the evolution of the principle that the end justifies all means. The historic parallel, almost entirely ignored so far, contains a most important lesson for all coming revolutions and for the whole future of mankind. Emma Goldman
Better that the nation grow poor for a cause we can honor, than grow rich for an end that is unknown. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
Foreign policy strategy requires harmonizing means and ends. Peter Beinart
Parties are means for good government and not its ends. William Allan White
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal -- would bring terrible retribution. Louis D. Brandeis

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