Compromise Quotes

Compromise Quotes
These compromise quotes were originally meant to be focused on “getting along” with another person, but (mostly) all I could find were ones that meant “coming to an agreement”.

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.  It is what makes nations great and marriages happy. -unknown

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 McDonald

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. -Chinua Achebe

Quality, quality, quality: never waver from it, even when you don’t see how you can afford to keep it up. When you compromise, you become a commodity and then you die. -Gary Hirshberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being a man is the continuing battle for one’s life. One loses a bit of manhood with every stale compromise to the authority of any power in which one does not believe. -H. Rap Brown

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

Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away. -Eric Berne

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

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

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. -Louis Untermever

Hmmmm…any thoughts about these compromise quotes?

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    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • January 11, 2011
    Reply

    We should not compeomise when we are right.

    1. Reply

      But what if we’re wrong? Even though we know we’re right? Read my review of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for more info on that topic.

    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • January 11, 2011
    Reply

    Compromise a sweet fruit for wrong doers.

    • Laurie
    • January 13, 2011
    Reply

    My favorite quote here is: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • Rainelda
    • January 15, 2012
    Reply

    Hi Shawn..,Happy New Year!did I forget?few months ago,I promised to send you my own 2012 Calendar via your mailing address in Oshawa,Canada.,but due to some personal reasons,I wasn’t able to.instead,I made a compromise that could perhaps ease my feeling of guilt of not being able to send you the pride of my life.I posted my own 2012 Calendar on your Motivational Quotes FB page before the year ends last year.Am I bad?I’m sorry.To Quote Ralph Waldo Emerson;”For everything you have missed,you have gained something else,and for everything you gain,you lose something else…” I’ll always remember…

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      I must have missed the calendar, Rainelda. I don’t remember seeing it. I’ll go look for it, but anything more you can tell me here?

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