I heard Kevin Spacey in The House of Cards say "bad for the greater good". Can anyone tell me what that means??
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The character is saying that the ends justify the means. Good ends via bad means.
"Bad for the greater good" is synonymous with the well-known proverb "all's well that ends well."
all's well that ends well (phrase, proverb)
If the outcome of a situation is happy, this compensates for any previous difficulty or unpleasantness.
Note : This proverb was used as a title for one of William Shakespeare's comedies.