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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 (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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


Arthur Bloch


All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The English never draw a line without blurring it.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.


Gunther Grass (1927-, German author)


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


Howard Hughes (1905-1976, American businessman, film producer, aviator)


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


It is the weak man who urges compromise -- never the strong man.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Mere human beings can't afford to be fanatical about anything. Not even about justice or loyalty. The fanatic for justice ends by murdering a million helpless people to clear a space for his law-courts. If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises.


Storm Jameson (1891-1986, British writer)


Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Reginald W. Kaufman


If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


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


Where there is negotiation, there is hope for agreement.


Somalian Proverb


Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


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 (1811-1874, American statesman)


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


Charles Swindoll (1934-, American pastor, author)


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