"Success is the sole earthly judge
of right and wrong."
"The greater the lie, the more people will believe it."
"The end justifies the means"
"If I could've gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban [on guns], picking up every one of them -
Mr. and Mrs. America turn 'em all in - I would have done it."
"The police officer said that if we ever had to use the baton, [on a civilian victim, tell] the witnesses that the person... was a child molester.
"That would change the event in the minds of the witnesses from mean man beats poor victim with nightstick to bastard got what was coming to him."
The End Justifies the MeansThis is the belief that any means to achieve anything - not limited to outright lies, illegal detentions, unconstitutional searches, and other lawbreaking - is both okay as well as legally justified provided the end is sufficiently high-minded and vague.
"It is dangerous to be right in matters where the government is wrong."
- Voltaire, 18th century French author, satirical polemicist, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, and advocating freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state.