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Compromise

  • 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.

  • To me consensus seems to be: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects ...

  • Life is made up of compromises.

  • ... compromise is the work of mature people.

  • Bargaining is essential to the life of the world; but nobody has ever claimed that it is an ennobling process.

  • But compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.

  • Whenever there is polarization, there is an unhappy tendency to think the truth lies somewhere in between.

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

  • Each of us does, in effect, strike a series of deals or compromises between the wants and longings of the inner self, and an outer environment that offers certain possibilities and sets certain limitations.

  • Give in on small issues. In the long haul, you get more that way.

    • Janice LaRouche,
    • in Janice LaRouche and Regina Ryan, Janice LaRouche's Strategies for Women at Work ()
  • Can compromise be an art? — yes, but a minor art.

  • In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.

    • Marguerite de Valois,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • Compromise is something people write about. It does not work well in real life.

  • You better not compromise yourself, it's all you've got.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Michael Lydon, "The Janis Joplin Philosophy: Every Moment She Is What She Feels," The New York Times Biographical Edition ()
  • Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.