- For other uses, see Ends.
An End or Ending, in general use, is the termination of something, whether that something is an object, action, effort or a life. In philosophy and ethics, an end is the ultimate goal in a series of steps.
- What one needs to do at every moment of one's life is to put an end to the old world and to begin a new world.
- Nikolai Berdyaev, in The Beginning and the End (1947)
- A morning Sun, and a Wine-bred child, and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- This is The End; my only friend, The End.
- All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown;
Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
- The end crowns all;
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 220-21.
- Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
- Ecclesiasticus, VII. 36.
- Finem respice (or Respice finem).
- Have regard to the end.
- Translation of Chilo's saying.
- He who has put a good finish to his undertaking is said to have placed a golden crown to the whole.
- Eustathius, Commentary on the Iliad.
- Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit.
- If the end be well, all will be well.
- Gestæ Romanorum, Tale LXVII.
- It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.
- Robert Herrick, Hesperides, 340.
- Having well polished the whole bow, he added a golden tip.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book IV, III.
- En toute chose il faut considérer la fin.
- We ought to consider the end in everything.
- Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, III. 5.
- Et le chemin est long du projet à la chose.
- The road is long from the project to its completion.
- Molière, Le Tartuffe, III. 1.
- The end must justify the means.
- Matthew Prior, Hans Carvel, line 67.
- Par les mêmes voies on ne va pas toujours aux mêmes fins.
- By the same means we do not always arrive at the same ends.
- St. Real.
- Look to the end of a long life.
- Solon's words to Crœsus.
- It is commonly and truly also said: "Matters be ended as they be friended."
- Thomas Starkey, England in the Reign of Henry VIII, Book I, Chapter III. 33.