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Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another - too often ending in the loss of both.
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
We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
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.
I need to hold onto my soul and my integrity, and I can't compromise that.
In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Fight as hard as you can, and then understand there's going to have to be some amount of reasonable compromise.
In marriage, compromise nurtures the relationship.
Campaigns often make standing on principle the highest of virtues - and listening to your opponents a sure sign of weakness. It's the virtual opposite of what it takes to succeed in office. Squaring the circle takes a powerful combination of skills. But presidents who can campaign and compromise are generally the most successful.
Dee Dee Myers
My father ran for Congress in 2004, and I got a sense that there is no way to achieve much success without a certain amount of compromise.
The devil is compromise.
Every day there is a compromise. Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding. But I love being married. I really love it.
Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way.
Donald L. Carcieri
We must stop the Tea Party before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who don't recognize common ground even when they're standing on it.
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.
Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.
Charles Horton Cooley
But there's one thing we are not going to compromise at all: when it comes to security of Israeli citizens and the State of Israel, there are not going to be any compromises - not now and not in the future.
There's no way to reconcile Islam with Christianity. This difference of opinion admits of compromise as much as a coin toss does.
We believe - we believe that, if we tell the people the truth, that they will act bigger than the pettiness we see in Washington, D.C. We believe it is possible to forge bipartisan compromise, and stand up for our conservative principles.
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.'
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
Unless you are willing to compromise, society cannot live together.
I think a man becomes less than a man when he begins to compromise on what he believes is right.
I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody: Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians - I'll work with Martians if - and the if is critical - they're willing to cut spending and reduce the debt.
Compromise is moving in the right directlon more slowly than one might like.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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