means to an end


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Concepts of good and evil are therefore, in their origin, merely a means to an end, they are expedients for acquiring power.
It is all a means to an end. Your theory is for me to begin with keeping books in order to become a successful lawyer or man of business.
He too looks with pitying contempt on the material achievements of science and the Liberal party as being mere 'machinery,' means to an end, which men mistakenly worship as though it possessed a real value in itself.
They would arrive and very soon go A colleague of mine created such a racket They carried him off in a strait jacket Working in the North Sea I suppose at times did help me It was a means to an end no not my cup of tea GEORGE McLANDERS
To understand the bizarre behavior of Mahmoud Abbas, one must realize that Islamic terrorism, is not a means to an end, but an end in itself.
Guzikowski's intricate characters (some have backstories we never learn) force audiences to question their own morals while rooting for an antihero who resorts to torture as a means to an end. Bolstered by its bleak and oblique ending, the twisty tale stays with you days after viewing.
The right wing andleft wing traditional parties both use this tactic as a means to an end to keep our wages low and use the threat of cheap labour to keep us in line.
Means to An End is a fine novel of family connections, abusive patterns, and how one girl becomes involved with murder and a romantic encounter that could break the cycle of violence she has borne all her life.
"I saw it as something that wasn't just a means to an end but it was actually the main job.
Rather than accepting any garlands for his side's utterly dominant second half display, Cody boxed off yesterday's win as "a means to an end".
"Means to an End" is a practical toolkit for structuring the design process, elevating important issues, and identifying tensions and trade-offs that need to be resolved.
Also, we encourage working with nonprofits to cement our core belief that business practices aren't just a means to an end, but means are an end in itself.