All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.
Better bend than break.
Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another - too often ending in the loss of both.
Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward.
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.
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.
From compromise and things half done,; Keep me with stern and stubborn pride; And when at last the fight is won,; God, keep me still unsatisfied.
From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
It is the weak man who urges compromise - never the strong man.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and oh, my friends; It gives a lovely light.
People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. here have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable
Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.
When it comes to the cause of justice, I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromise.