Compromise Quotes

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Better bend than break.
— Scottish proverb

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Compromise is the work of mature people.
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
— Jacula Prudentum
Can compromise be an art?—yes, but a minor art.
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.
Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.


It's the little compromises that add up to a giant bucket of suck.
The world may be divided into those who take it or leave it and those who split the difference.
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way everyone believes that he has the biggest piece.


In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win.  In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

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I've a theory that one can always get anything one wants if one will pay the price.  And do you know what the price is, nine times out of ten?  Compromise.
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.
Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface.  The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
No society, certainly not a large and heterogeneous one, can fail in time to explode if it is deprived of the arts of compromise, if it knows no way of muddling through.
A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence.  Or a good piece of music.  Everybody can recognize it.  They say, "Huh. It works. It makes sense."
I believe in friendly compromise.  I said over in the Senate hearings that truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.  We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights, that we may enjoy others.