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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.


  • End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.
  • Like the legend of the Phoenix
    All ends with beginnings
    What keeps the planets spinning (uh)
    The force from the beginning.
  • Et redit in nihilum quod fuit ante nihil.
    • It began of nothing and in nothing it ends.
    • Cornelius Gallus, translated by Robert Burton in Anatomy of a Melancholie (1621).
  • A morning Sun, and a Wine-bred child, and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.
  • There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
    • Frank Herbert interview, 3 February 1969, California State College, Fullerton [1]
  • Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!
  • All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown;
    Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Et le chemin est long du projet à la chose.
    • The road is long from the project to its completion.
    • Molière, Le Tartuffe (1664), III. 1.
  • The end must justify the means.
  • 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.

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