Most popular compromise quotes
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.
Better bend than break.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.
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.
Compromise is the work of mature people.
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.
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.
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.
It's the little compromises that add up to a giant bucket of suck.
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.
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.
Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.
Can compromise be an art?—yes, but a minor art.
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."
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.