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Compromise Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Compromise

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

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A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
- George Herbert

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

All compromise is based on give and take,
but there can be no give and take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.
For it is all give and no take.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

When it comes to the cause of justice,
I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromise.
- Mary Frances Berry

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

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

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

Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating,
and everything becomes a compromise.
- Richard Thompson

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

Being in a band is always a compromise.
Provided that the balance is good, what you lose in compromise,
you gain by collaboration.
- Mike Rutherford

Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise
to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.
- Jalal Talabani

You have to compromise all the way.
The only thing that counts is the result.
- Richard Widmark

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

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate,
when honor scorns to compromise with death -
that is heroism.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart.
- George Jean Nathan

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

But recently it seems that each time I vote,
I am being asked to compromise my conservative ideals
and my commitment to the American taxpayer simply for
the benefit of political gain.
- Jeff Miller

But transitions from the politics of violence to democratic
compromise are always messy.
- Timothy Garton Ash

I sincerely believe that there's room for cutting down
trees for forestry and grazing,
so as we all get to eat.
Everyone has to compromise.
- Steve Irwin

Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest
way to be heard is to be on the radio,
but you should never compromise who you are,
your values or your morals.
- Talib Kweli

A principle is the expression of perfection,
and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection,
we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I can't be a wife.
I'm not that sort of person.
Wives have to compromise all the time.
- Sarah Brightman

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

I hope it goes beyond meeting with them to a willingness
to listen and compromise on issues.
- Dennis Moore

I don't think you can compromise, news either has integrity or it doesn't.
It either is accurate, balanced and fair or it isn't.
- Richard Parsons

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

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

You must take the compromise to win,
or else nothing.
That means: you race or you do not.
- Ayrton Senna

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 believe that the Apple Shuffle is an excellent compromise
among the conflicting requirements of simplicity,
elegance, size, battery life, and function.
- Donald Norman

That is why everyone in politics, and we do it,
must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group.
A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
- Angela Merkel

Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got.
- Janis Joplin

Politics is compromise.
- Paddy Ashdown

You can't always have the best team.
It's always a compromise.
- Alain Prost

But I always held my music up and protected it from compromise.
So I just do it for my friends.
I've written hundreds of songs, and I'm sure I have
a few albums worth of songs.
- Gregory Harrison

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

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

I was editing Canadian Literature.
I didn't want to let Canadian Literature go,
so they reached a nice compromise by which I received
half a professor's salary.
- George Woodcock

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

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

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

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

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

Get it - get it better or get it worse.
No middle ground of compromise.
- Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sometimes a little compromise isn't a bad thing.
You don't need to be precious about it.
- David Sylvian

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

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.'
- Barack Obama

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

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

I felt that to do this drug, I had to become someone
totally different than I was.
I had to compromise my integrity, my value system.
I knew it was so wrong.
- Kelli White

I was losing interest in politics,
when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again.
What I have done since then is pretty well known.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.
- Thomas S. Monson

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

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

But to put out a greatest hits on one CD was totally impossible,
I just couldn't do it.
The best compromise was to put out two CDs -
Early Days - which is what it is -
and Latter Days.
- Jimmy Page

Every day there is a compromise.
Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding.
But I love being married.
I really love it.
- Nicole Kidman

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

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

I may fall here in the Senate chamber,
but I will.
never make any compromise with any such men.
- Benjamin F. Wade

Don't compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.
- Toby Keith

You need to do the work to bring the money in,
but not compromise standards.
- Heston Blumenthal

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

The devil is compromise.
- Henrik Ibsen

The Senate needs 60 votes to pass anything.
They have to compromise with liberal Democrats to spend more money.
Even though arguably we have control of the Senate,
we really don't.
- Steve Chabot

Compromise and tolerance are magic words.
It took me 40 years to become philosophical.
- Hedy Lamarr

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

And what it depends on, of course, is whether the story
itself is worth the ethical compromise it requires
and whether the competition is onto the story.
- Roger Mudd


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