end in itself
A purpose or goal desired for its own sake (rather than to attain something else). For example, For me, writing books is an end in itself; they don't really make that much money. This expression employs the noun end in the sense of “final cause or purpose,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.
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How to use end in itself in a sentence
Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the end, the clarity that comes from moments of horror can help us recommit to deeper principles.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the end, I find it never fails to modernize even the most dramatic things.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This mania for correction shows itself too in relation to the authorities themselves.
I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
This is one of the most striking manifestations of the better side of child-nature and deserves a chapter to itself.
On to Gaba Tepe just in time to see the opening, the climax and the end of the dreaded Turkish counter attack.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The well-worn aphorism of the Frenchman, “History repeats itself,” was about to assert itself.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu