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  • There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. This conception is a potent menance to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim.

  • ... social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.

  • I believe that the means you use will determine the end you receive.

  • We may draw good out of evil: we must not do evil, that good may come.

  • One can never be sure of the end, only of the means, and so we must be sure that the means are good.

  • A fundamental feminist principle is that the means are the ends; that how we do something is what we get.

    • Anonymous,
    • 1977, in Sonia Johnson, Wildfire ()
  • The guiding principle of my life, 'the means are the ends,' has taught me that our participation in a corrupt system facilitates it and corrupts and therefore defeats us.