"The end justifies the means." – Niccolò Machiavelli
Probably the closest Machiavelli gets to expressing this view is in Chapter XVIII of "The Prince:" Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, because it belongs to everybody to see you, to few to come in touch with you. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them; and in the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.
For that reason, let a prince have the credit of conquering and holding his state, the means will always be considered honest, and he will be praised by everybody because the vulgar (I call them the sheeple) are always taken by what a thing seems to be and by what comes of it; and in the world there are only the vulgar, for the few find a place there only when the many have no ground to rest on. •••• I was just discussing this with my friend Julia, in Vancouver the other day: "it doesn't matter how you got there, what matters is you are where you want to be. That is all that remains and is real in this world, the tangible outcome, the facts." •••Isn't it a lovely thing to have a moment to reflect upon the work of one of my favourite philosophers, Machiavelli, whom I studied while living in Europe, right before bed? Ah, yes, it most certainly is. Good night, world.