Quotations on Compromise

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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
(Keywords: Compromise, Defense, Loss, Names)

I cannot compromise or inhibit my independence.
- Walter Annenberg
(Keywords: Compromise, Independence)

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
(Keywords: Time, Being, Compromise, Luxury)

But transitions from the politics of violence to democratic compromise are always messy.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Politics, Compromise, Violence)

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
(Keywords: Control, Being, Compromise, Rights)

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
(Keywords: Art, People, Compromise, Hurt, Respect, Want)

The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.
- Enid Bagnold
(Keywords: Art, Compromise, Name, Theatre)

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Success, Ideas, Failure, Balance, Compromise, Consciousness, Feeling, Rivalry)

Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away.
- Eric Berne
(Keywords: Compromise, Games, Intimacy)

When it comes to the cause of justice, I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromise.
- Mary Frances Berry
(Keywords: Cause, Compromise, Justice)

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
(Keywords: Compromise, Nothing, Satisfaction, Thinking)

The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.
- Arthur Bloch
(Keywords: Compromise, Will)

I can't be a wife. I'm not that sort of person. Wives have to compromise all the time.
- Sarah Brightman
(Keywords: Time, Wife, Compromise, Wives)

This product is a compromise, and the nature of compromise is that you don't get everything you want.
- Conrad Bums
(Keywords: Nature, Compromise, Want)

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Government, Virtue, Act, Compromise, Enjoyment)

The record business is dangerous to the health of bands and individuals, which is something I'm just now learning. But it's not dangerous in any of the ways people think; it's not that they try to make you compromise your art. That's not the problem.
- T-Bone Burnett
(Keywords: Business, Health, Art, People, Compromise, Learning, Now)

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
(Keywords: Music, Artist, Choice, Compromise, Gain)

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Virtue, Compromise, Trifle)

Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way.
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Keywords: American, Compromise, Debate, Leading)

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
(Keywords: Men, Compromise, Defeat, Principles, Weakness)

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
(Keywords: Men, Compromise, Principles)

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
(Keywords: Courage, Compromise, Job, Saying, World, Wrong)

The Senate needs 60 votes to pass anything. They have to compromise with liberal Democrats to spend more money. Even though arguably we have control of the Senate, we really don't.
- Steve Chabot
(Keywords: Money, Control, Compromise, Democrats, Liberal, Needs, Senate)

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
(Keywords: Life, Failure, Betrayal, Compromise, Dignity, Integrity, Tragedy)

Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Keywords: Compromise, End, Man, Prudence, Will)

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
(Keywords: People, Cause, Compromise, End, March, Washington)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Ambition, Career, Compromise, Will)

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
(Keywords: Art, Time, Being, Compromise, Information, Integrity)

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
(Keywords: Compromise, Poor)

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
(Keywords: Art, Work, People, Attention, Compromise, Excuses, Living, Years)

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
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, People, Life, Artists, Compromise, Destiny, Potential)

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
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Hope, Compromise, Ending, Loss, Right)

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
(Keywords: Choices, Compromise, Want)

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.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Compromise, Surrender)

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.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Compromise, Expression, Limits, Perfection, Practice)

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
(Keywords: Time, Wife, Baby, Compromise, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Music, Compromise, Friends, Songs, Worth)

Oftentimes, when constituencies or sectors of opinion are distinct, when they are confronted with a situation where they're going to have to make a serious compromise, they react very negatively publicly, but they also recognize when they step back that this is right.
- John Hickenlooper
(Keywords: Compromise, Opinion, Right)

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
(Keywords: Art, Society, Artists, Compromise, Democracy, Fact, Trying)

The devil is compromise.
- Henrik Ibsen
(Keywords: Compromise, Devil)

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
(Keywords: Death, Fear, Compromise, Duty, Fate, Heroism, Honor, Will)

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
(Keywords: Compromise, Trees)

No, you're not allowed to be bossy when you're married. You have to learn compromise, and compassion and patience.
- Star Jones
(Keywords: Compassion, Compromise, Patience)

Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.
- Paul Kagame
(Keywords: Compromise, Flexibility, Weakness)

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
(Keywords: Courage, Compromise, Devotion, Duty, Loyalty, Soldiers)

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
(Keywords: Quality, Compromise, Politicians, Trouble, Will)

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
(Keywords: Love, Being, Compromise, Day, Living, Understanding)

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
(Keywords: Leadership, Ideas, Compromise, Country, Germany, Needs)

Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.
- Talib Kweli
(Keywords: Music, Values, Compromise, Morals)

Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.
- Hedy Lamarr
(Keywords: Compromise, Magic, Tolerance, Words, Years)



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