“The ends justify the means.”
If you think this is a quote from Machiavelli, you’re mistaken. Along with most of the people on the planet.
Because he never said it.
What he did say was: “One must consider the final result.”
Which means something altogether different.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
This quote is usually attributed to Voltaire.
But did he say it?
No he didn’t.
It was written by Eveyln Beatrice Hall, who wrote a biography of Voltaire under the pseudonym of Stephen G. Tallentyre.