Compromise Quotes

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, “Huh. It works. It makes sense.”

Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

Please all and you will please no one.

If you want to get along, go along.

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.

Who seeks to please all men each way, and not himself offend, he may begin his work today, but God knows where he’ll end.

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

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.

Nearly all legislation is the result of a compromise.