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81 Quotes on Compromise in Life (ADJUSTMENT)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes on Compromise

“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
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
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
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
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
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. - Janis Joplin
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

“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
Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now. - Zig Ziglar
Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now. – Zig Ziglar
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
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

“Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between ‘his,’ ‘her’ or ‘their’ wish and yours.”

Andy Warhol
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be. - Golda Meir
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be. – Golda Meir
You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means you race or you do not. - Ayrton Senna
You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not. – Ayrton Senna

16 Quotes on Compromise in Government and Law

“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
There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it. - A. K. Antony
There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it. – A. K. Antony
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit. - George Herbert
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit. – George Herbert
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.' - Barack Obama
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.’ – Barack Obama

“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
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. - Robert Louis Stevenson
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. – Robert Louis Stevenson
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. - Edmund Burke
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. – Edmund Burke

“Deception can cost billions. Think Enron, Madoff, the mortgage crisis. Or in the case of double agents and traitors, like Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames, lies can betray our country. They can compromise our security. They can undermine democracy. They can cause the deaths of those that defend us.”

Pamela Meyer
Our target is not negotiations, it is the end of the apartheid system. There can be no compromise about that. - Oliver Tambo
Our target is not negotiations, it is the end of the apartheid system. There can be no compromise about that. – Oliver Tambo

“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
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
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

“There will never be another Ed Koch. He was an original, but he represented a significant, if shrinking, segment of American Jewry who refused to compromise their liberal values, their support for Israel or their Jewish pride.”

Alan Dershowitz
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
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

“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
Politics is compromise. - Paddy Ashdown
Politics is compromise. – Paddy Ashdown

“That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single-interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.”

Angela Merkel

16 Quotes on Compromise in Life

“In what we call “real life“–if you want to be successful, if you want to get on in the long-term–you always have to come to some kind of compromise with your own emotions: I can’t overreact NOW! I have to accept THIS! I have to ignore THAT!–You’re forever having to tailor your emotions to the circumstances, you go easy on the people you love, you slip into your hundred little daily roles, you juggle, you balance, you weigh things up so as not to jeopardize the entire structure, because you yourself have a stake in it.”

Daniel Glattauer
Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience - I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed. - CeeLo Green
Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience – I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed. – CeeLo Green
Never compromise your principles, even if it leads to difficulties in the short term. - Alan Casden
Never compromise your principles, even if it leads to difficulties in the short term. – Alan Casden

“When developing an idea, I remind myself not to start with compromise. I envision the ideal manifestation of the idea, as if I had no limits in resources, materials, or permission.”

Janet Echelman
The body can endure compromise and the mind can be seduced by it. Only the heart protests. - Jeanette Winterson
The body can endure compromise and the mind can be seduced by it. Only the heart protests. – Jeanette Winterson
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. - Ludwig Erhard
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. – Ludwig Erhard

“Most men either compromise or drop their greatest talents and start running after, what they perceive to be, a more reasonable success, and somewhere in between they end up with a discontented settlement. Safety is indeed stability, but it is not progression.”

Criss Jami
Do not compromise yourself and put your goodness in the same impermanent category as whatever circumstance happening. Be the best you in every circumstance. - Steve Maraboli
Do not compromise yourself and put your goodness in the same impermanent category as whatever circumstance happening. Be the best you in every circumstance. – Steve Maraboli
The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune. - Charles R. Swindoll
The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune. – Charles R. Swindoll
By nature, I am a unifier. I am a builder of consensus. I don't believe in sloppy compromise. But I do believe in bringing people together. - Tony Blair
By nature, I am a unifier. I am a builder of consensus. I don’t believe in sloppy compromise. But I do believe in bringing people together. – Tony Blair
You can compromise without violating your principles, but it is nearly impossible to compromise when you turn principles into ideology. - Jamie Dimon
You can compromise without violating your principles, but it is nearly impossible to compromise when you turn principles into ideology. – Jamie Dimon
Any negotiation involves compromise and no one will get everything they want. - Nicky Morgan
Any negotiation involves compromise and no one will get everything they want. – Nicky Morgan
Mediation is one of the most effective tools of non-violence. It can turn parties away from conflict, towards compromise. - Miroslav Lajcak
Mediation is one of the most effective tools of non-violence. It can turn parties away from conflict, towards compromise. – Miroslav Lajcak
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
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
I never compromise with my work. - Remo D'Souza
I never compromise with my work. – Remo D’Souza
Unless you are willing to compromise, society cannot live together. - Alan Greenspan
Unless you are willing to compromise, society cannot live together. – Alan Greenspan

2 Quotes on Compromise that Inspires Ethics

“Corporate executives and business owners need to realize that there can be no compromise when it comes to ethics, and there are no easy shortcuts to success. Ethics need to be carefully sown into the fabric of their companies.”

Vivek Wadhwa
More often, there’s a compromise between ethics and expediency. - Peter Singer
More often, there’s a compromise between ethics and expediency. – Peter Singer

2 Quotes on Compromise in Business and Economics

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution can compromise humanity’s traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared destiny. The choice is ours.”

Klaus Schwab
When the final result is expected to be a compromise, it is often prudent to start from an extreme position. - John Maynard Keynes
When the final result is expected to be a compromise, it is often prudent to start from an extreme position. – John Maynard Keynes

2 Quotes on Compromise in Art

“I’m free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don’t try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don’t compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.”

Erykah Badu
Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise. - Christian Bale
Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise. – Christian Bale

2 Quotes on Compromise in Spirituality

“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
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval. - Thomas S. Monson
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. – Thomas S. Monson

2 Quotes on Compromise in Love

Compromise is what binds people together. Compromise is sharing and conciliatory, it is loving and kind and unselfish. - Ali Harris
Compromise is what binds people together. Compromise is sharing and conciliatory, it is loving and kind and unselfish. – Ali Harris
I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect. - Amit Kalantri
I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect. – Amit Kalantri

7 Quotes on Compromise and Adjustment

“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
Compromise means to go just a little bit below what you know is right. It's just a little bit, but it's the little foxes that spoil the vine. - Joyce Meyer
Compromise means to go just a little bit below what you know is right. It’s just a little bit, but it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. – Joyce Meyer
Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out. - Paul Kagame
Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out. – Paul Kagame

“My own experience is to use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight of the need to reach out and talk to other people who don’t share your view. Listen to them and see if you can find a way to compromise.”

Colin Powell

Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it. I’m not going to do that. That takes away my power. I’m not going to compromise who I am.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“We all get lots of people. And maybe we don’t always get to have them the exact way we want them, but if we can figure out a way to compromise, you know, then we can keep them all.”

John Corey Whaley

“The achievement of maturity, psychologically speaking, might be said to be the realization and acceptance that we simply cannot live independently from the world, and so we must live within it, with whatever compromises that might entail.”

Paul Murray

4 Quotes on Compromise in Marriage

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. - Raquel Welch
We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. – Raquel Welch
A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart. - George Jean Nathan
A man’s wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart. – George Jean Nathan
Marriage is about compromise; it's about doing something for the other person, even when you don't want to. - Nicholas Sparks
Marriage is about compromise; it’s about doing something for the other person, even when you don’t want to. – Nicholas Sparks
Compromise, communicate, and never go to bed angry - the three pieces of advice gifted and regifted to all newlyweds. - Gillian Flynn
Compromise, communicate, and never go to bed angry – the three pieces of advice gifted and regifted to all newlyweds. – Gillian Flynn

2 Compromise Quotes in Good and Evil

“You can compromise between good, better, and best, and you can compromise between bad and worse and terrible. But you can’t compromise between good and evil. And now people look at the other side as a completely different kind of animal and say, ‘They are taking the country down the road to purgatory.’ It’s complete intolerance.”

Gary Ackerman
You may either win your peace or buy it win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil. - John Ruskin
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil. – John Ruskin

16 Quotes on Compromise To Ponder

“The ledger, the distributed database – it’s called a Blockchain – is held in the cloud by all the parties involved. It can’t be broken by any of them. It’s cryptographically too strong. You would have to compromise the entire network to take over Bitcoin.”

Naval Ravikant
Avoiding inflation is not an absolute imperative but rather is one of a number of conflicting goals that we must pursue and that we may often have to compromise. - Paul Samuelson
Avoiding inflation is not an absolute imperative but rather is one of a number of conflicting goals that we must pursue and that we may often have to compromise. – Paul Samuelson
I hope some compromise will be entered into between the two parties, slavery & antislavery, which will have the effect of allaying violent passions on both sides. - Zachary Taylor
I hope some compromise will be entered into between the two parties, slavery & antislavery, which will have the effect of allaying violent passions on both sides. – Zachary Taylor

“I’m a middle child, so I have middle-child syndrome. With a middle child, you always have to take in everything and adjust and maybe compromise a little bit so you’re able to see both sides of an issue. I’m also a Leo – I love astrology – so that affected me, just being a lion.”

Jessica Williams
Don't compromise even if it hurts to be yourself. - Toby Keith
Don’t compromise even if it hurts to be yourself. – Toby Keith

“To the organizer, compromise is a key and beautiful word. It is always present in the pragmatics of operation… If you start with nothing, demand 100 percent, then compromise for 30 percent, you’re 30 percent ahead.”

Saul Alinsky
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
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
I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word. - Barbara Bush
I hate the fact that people think ‘compromise’ is a dirty word. – Barbara Bush

“When David Fincher called me up a few years ago and said, ‘Hey, I’d like you to score this film ‘The Social Network,’ I said, ‘I’m flattered, but I really don’t have any real experience scoring films, and I’d rather not screw it up on a high-profile project. And I like you and I don’t want to compromise our friendship‘.”

Trent Reznor
In a deal, you give and take. You compromise. Then you grab the cash and catch the next train out of town. - Irving Paul Lazar
In a deal, you give and take. You compromise. Then you grab the cash and catch the next train out of town. – Irving Paul Lazar
We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. - Aiden Wilson Tozer
We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. – Aiden Wilson Tozer
Wherever we go, there seems to be only one business at hand—that of finding a workable compromise between the sublimity of our ideas and the absurdity of the fact of us. - Annie Dillard
Wherever we go, there seems to be only one business at hand—that of finding a workable compromise between the sublimity of our ideas and the absurdity of the fact of us. – Annie Dillard
Compromise is a stalling between two fools. - Stephen Fry
Compromise is a stalling between two fools. – Stephen Fry
Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting. - Rufus Sewell
Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting. – Rufus Sewell
Compromise in colors is grey. - Edi Rama
Compromise in colors is grey. – Edi Rama
The devil is compromise. - Henrik Ibsen
The devil is compromise. – Henrik Ibsen

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