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Better bend than break. Scottish Proverbs,


If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. Robert Fritz,


An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last. Sir Winston Churchill, politician


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


Your success will be compromised by your need to be liked by everyone. Grant Cardone, speaker


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, musician


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


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, leader


Compromise: An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong. Lord Edward Cecil, soldier


The English never draw a line without blurring it. Sir Winston Churchill, politician


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


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


I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle. Andrew Carnegie, businessman


Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. C.S. Lewis, novelist


It is the weak man who urges compromise -- never the strong man. Elbert Hubbard, writer


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. G. K. Chesterton, writer


If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


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


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


Compromise, hell! ... If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time? Senator Jesse Helms,


If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen. Nikita Khrushchev, politician


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. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


I think a man becomes less than a man when he begins to compromise on what he believes is right. Mike Singletary, athlete


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, lawyer


They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? Princess Diana, royalty


Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises. Gunther Grass, author


Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions. Samuel Johnson, author


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, poet


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


Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer


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, director


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


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


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


Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward. Reginald W. Kaufman,


I would love nothing more than compromise. But I would say to you that compromise that's not a solution is a waste of time. Marco Rubio, politician


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, judge


What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story is the only reason you're in it. David Simon, author


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, scientist


Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both. Tryon Edwards, theologian


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, actress


If you have a sense of style and purpose and will you don't want to compromise. Vidal Sassoon, businessman


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


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, politician


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


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


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


Still it might be nice, once in a while, not to have to choose between evils. Just once, couldn't I choose the lesser good? Laurell K. Hamilton, writer


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


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. Ambrose Bierce, journalist


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. John Haggai,


Your mind, which is yourself, can be likened to a house. The first necessary move then, is to rid that house of all but furnishings essential to success. John D. MacDonald, novelist


You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment. Maxwell Maltz, scientist


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, politician


Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbacks from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes. Source Unknown,


We have to find compromises. That's the way it is in Norway. Kjell Magne Bondevik, statesman


Everyone assumes America must play the leading role in crafting some settlement or compromise between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But Jefferson, Madison, and Washington explicitly warned against involving ourselves in foreign conflicts. Ron Paul, politician


Compromise, n. 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. Ambrose Bierce, journalist


But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward. Colin Powell, statesman


I'm a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn't appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more. Claire McCaskill, politician


We're not going to scrap the budget and make up some totally new platform the day after the election. So it's certainly willingness to compromise but we're not going back on the fundamental things we're running on in this campaign. Stephen Harper, politician


You learn how to compromise and you learn how to read each other. Honestly, being in a band with two guys has prepared me so much for when it's time for me to get married! Hillary Scott, musician


And I'm here to tell you, the reaction that I'm getting around the country, people are sick and tired of this word in Washington, compromise. This is why nothing ever gets done. Herman Cain, businessman


If my house was on fire, I can't compromise about which part of the house I'm going to save. You save the whole house or it will all burn down. We either save this country or we do not. Marco Rubio, politician


I'm really open to doing music. We just have to figure out what kind of music it's going to be - something where I don't feel compromised. Cheryl James, musician


Our music doesn't make many compromises, but we take it into a venue that's larger than people expect. Ian Williams, musician


That's one thing about Hollywood. People don't always want what's real. People always want a little more. So for me, it's a compromise. Here you go, that hyper-reality. Paul Walker, actor


I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made. Amy Vanderbilt, author


The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. Andrew Carnegie, businessman


Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Abraham Lincoln, president


The future battle on the ground will be preceded by battle in the air. This will determine which of the contestants has to suffer operational and tactical disadvantages and be forced throughout the battle into adoption compromise solutions. Erwin Rommel, soldier


Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another - too often ending in the loss of both. Tryon Edwards, theologian


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, writer


For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination. Lawrence Durrell, writer


You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements. William Butler Yeats, poet


Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way. Donald L. Carcieri, politician


I rise today to discuss the National Intelligence Reform bill. I commend my colleagues in both Houses for their hard work in coming to an agreement. As with any conference, each voice is heard, but none can dominate and compromise must be achieved. Ted Stevens, politician


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


Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic. Horst Koehler, statesman


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


Gun control means being able to hit your target. If I have a 'hot button' issue, this is definitely it. Don't even think about taking my guns. My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment. Michael Badnarik, politician


Whether I get adequate attention or not, people here do know the work I have been doing systematically and without compromise for over 40 years. I get tired of people making excuses for guys who don't continue the art because they can't make a living. Bill Dixon, musician


Film-makers should remain true to their principles and never compromise, there is a real revival in the British film industry but there is a danger that we will become colonial servants of Hollywood. We need to maintain our own integrity. Mike Leigh, director


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


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, musician


One of the things I realized early in my career is that you do what you believe, in knowing that if you don't, you will never like yourself. When you compromise out of fear or ambition, it eats inside you. Samuel Dash, lawyer


Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from the fact that we're trying to be artists in a democratic society. This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise. In art, it isn't. Brad Holland,


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


Rather, it is through conciliation and compromise that we are building a fair Iraq, a just state for all its peoples. Jalal Talabani, politician


Compromise is a stalling between two fools. Stephen Fry, comedian


We are opposed to the line of compromise with imperialism. At the same time, we cannot tolerate the practice of only shouting against imperialism, but, in actual fact, being afraid to fight it. Kim Il-sung, leader


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, journalist


Everybody, even me, sometimes had to compromise on something, doing things we know to be wrong, and this happens doing whatever job in the world. But a singer must have the courage of saying no. Jose Carreras, musician


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


You can have information and ease of use and have artistic integrity at the same time. The art of being a good Web designer is getting yourself into that middle ground and treating it as a final destination instead of as a compromise. Mike Davidson,


By focusing once and for all on helping the Palestinians build a free society, I have no doubt that an historic compromise between Israelis and Palestinians can be reached and that peace can prevail. Natan Sharansky, writer


Sometimes I have to compromise my views, but I never compromise on issues like the death penalty and the arm trade laws, despite what the readers or letters may say. Jonathan Shapiro, cartoonist


I don't think there's anything in the compromise that means that there's a clash of ethics. Peter Singer, philosopher


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, writer


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


I went to a bunch of marches in New York and Washington, and you know I believe in the cause, but to march with those people takes a lot of compromise on my end. David Cross, actor


We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides. Ariel Sharon, leader


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


The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for philosophical rectitude cannot, however, be compromised. Herbert Read, poet


I feel very strongly that you can't just beat people up anymore; you have to work hand in hand and find ways to compromise, and get big business involved, because it won't happen otherwise. Ted Danson, actor


A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down. Today, after coming to terms with everything, after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise. Mickey Rourke, actor


A series is filled with compromises. William Shatner, actor


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, scientist


Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas. James M. Baldwin,


The reason I didn't fly over from Maui at their beck and call is my wife was about to have a baby at any time. Those guys knew that. These guys would not compromise and meet me halfway. Sammy Hagar, musician


It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble. John Keegan, historian


Soldiers, when committed to a task, can't compromise. It's unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it's been done. John Keegan, historian


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, director


When I handed over the names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union, I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U.S. would not compromise significant national defense, political, diplomatic interests. Aldrich Ames, criminal


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


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, actor


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, athlete


If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice - if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state. Amos Oz, writer


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, politician


Tact is not the same as compromise. We can always speak tactfully & respectfully to others without compromising our values. Bob Burg,


Work hard and be a sponge. Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instincts and don’t compromise. Simon Cowell, entertainer


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