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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.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

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

Author: Arthur Bloch


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

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

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

Author: Bliss Carman (1861-1929)

Profession: Canadian Poet

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.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

The English never draw a line without blurring it.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

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

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: 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.

Author: Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Profession: American Theologian

Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.

Author: Gunther Grass (1927)

Profession: German Author

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.

Author: John Haggai


A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.

Author: George Herbert (1593-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

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

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

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

Author: Howard Hughes (1905-1976)

Profession: American Businessman, Film Producer, Aviator

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author