an end in itself
Meaning: If something is an end in itself, it's done for its own pleasure or benefit rather than for some other purpose like making money.
- Billy says playing music in a band is an end in itself for him, but I think he does it to meet girls.
- People used to think education was an end in itself, but these days kids study in order to make lots of money when they graduate.
For Ari, music is an end in itself. She doesn't do it to
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Contributor: Matt Errey