Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals render the goals themselves despicable.
I think the open software movement (and Linux in particular) is laudable.kenneth thompson
He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.john milton
The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.p. t. barnum
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where, to do harm, Is often laudable; to do good, sometime, Accounted dangerous folly.william shakespeare
There is nothing illegal in keeping up a tomb; on the contrary, it is a very laudable thing to do.
It wants to stop being seen as the supporter of Muslim tyrants and instead become the champion of Muslim freedoms. President Bush and his secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, are transforming American policy in this realm, and while some of the implementation has been spotty, the general thrust is clear and laudable.