Compromise Quotes

Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are. - Howard Hughes


Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward. - Reginald W. Kaufman


Your mind, which is yourself, can be likened to a house. The first necessary move then, is to rid that house of all but furnishings essential to success. - John Mcdonald


From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been ;abandoned. - Charles Sumner


Compromise. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due. - Ambrose Bierce


The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising. - Arthur Bloch


What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease. - Bliss Carman

Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor. - John Haggai


A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. - Ludwig Erhard


The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. - Ayn Rand


The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name. - Enid Bagnold


Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Others cannot: their owning is not graceful; it seems to be a compromise of their character: they seem to steal their own dividends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. - Abraham Lincoln


I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle. - Andrew Carnegie


It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found. - Moliere


Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. - Betty Ford


Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise. - Charles Horton Cooley


The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.-Charles R. Swindoll


The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.-Enid Bagnold


There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or controlled; cannot be disciplined into decency or codified into common sense.-Jeanette Rankin


They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?-Princess Diana


This evolution may compromise Java's claim of being simpler than C++, but my guess is that the effort will make Java a better language than it is today.-Bjarne Stroustrup


This product is a compromise, and the nature of compromise is that you don't get everything you want.-Conrad Bums


To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.-Golda Meir


To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain.-Ken Burns


Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes.-Tom Cochrane


True, Heaven prohibits certain pleasures; but one can generally negotiate a compromise.-Moliere


Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.-Daniel Pipes


Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.-Samuel Butler


We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.-Larry Wall


We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise.-Raquel Welch


We all understand that compromise is part of the legislative process, yet at the same time, I would submit that wilderness is not for sale.-Nick Rahall


We are going to finish this picture just the way I want it... because you cannot compromise an artist's vision.-Ed Wood


We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.-Aiden Wilson Tozer


We are opposed to the line of compromise with imperialism. At the same time, we cannot tolerate the practice of only shouting against imperialism, but, in actual fact, being afraid to fight it.-Kim Il Sung


We can still find middle ground, truly secure our borders, deal with those already here and address our labor needs. But those who advocate giving current illegal aliens and future guest workers a special path to citizenship must compromise.-John Shadegg


We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides.-Ariel Sharon


I'm interested in why people compromise when they shouldn't. It comes back to what V's about in a sense. We've all got ideals, but given the right circumstances, we'll forget about them and put them behind us. I'm very interested in why people do that.-David Lloyd


I've been lucky enough to have had the luxury of being able to make the picture I've wanted to make each time on my own terms and without compromise.-Dario Argento


If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice - if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state.-Amos Oz


If you ask me to compromise on principle, I will get out the veto pen.-Bill Owens


If you find yourself in a movie that you have questions about, it's not a compromise to your integrity.-Tim Robbins


If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.-Margaret Thatcher


If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.-Robert Fritz


If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.-Margaret Thatcher


In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?-Sarah Jessica Parker


In fact, I think - our view of this is that while the agreement, the compromise did not achieve the kind of super-sized deficit reduction that we sought, it did end the uncertainty around the perception, the possibility that the United States might default on its obligations for its first time. That was a good thing.-Jay Carney


It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.-Sandra Day O'Connor


It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble.-John Keegan


It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.-Moliere


Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.-Paul Kagame


Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from the fact that we're trying to be artists in a democratic society. This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise. In art, it isn't.-Brad Holland


More often there's a compromise between ethics and expediency.-Peter Singer


No, you're not allowed to be bossy when you're married. You have to learn compromise, and compassion and patience.-Star Jones


Now is not the time to compromise on the economy. Instead, we should be doing everything in our power to support long-term economic growth. Permanent repeal of the death tax will mean more high-quality, high-paying jobs for Americans.-Todd Tiahrt


Oftentimes, when constituencies or sectors of opinion are distinct, when they are confronted with a situation where they're going to have to make a serious compromise, they react very negatively publicly, but they also recognize when they step back that this is right.-John Hickenlooper


Once you're signed to a label you compromise.-Talib Kweli

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