Compromise Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old compromise quotes, compromise sayings, and compromise proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. Janis Joplin
Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar
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
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Ludwig Erhard
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
Compromise is a stalling between two fools. Stephen Fry
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 is what binds people together. Compromise is sharing and conciliatory, it is loving and kind and unselfish. Ali Harris
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 cannot be allowed in cases where the exact truth is ascertainable. Arthur Lynch
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof. James Russell Lowell
Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy. Phyllis McGinley
Many things are worse than defeat,and compromise with evil is one of them. Anonymous
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 is usually bad. It should be a last resort. If two departments or divisions have a problem they can't solve and it comes up to you, listen to both sides and then pick one or the other. This places solid accountability on the winner to make it work. Condition your people to avoid compromise. Robert Townsend
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. Robert Louis Stevenson
A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied. Larry David
The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising. Arthur Bloch
Compromise is a word found only in the vocabulary of those who have no will to fight—the lazy, the cunning, the cowardly—for they consider themselves defeated before they start. St Josemaria Escriva
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 a compromise. Robert Fritz
Compromise, while at times morally necessary or at least justifiable, is more often only the first permission for a person (or society) to begin a long downhill descent. Dennis Prager
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. John F. Kennedy
Compromise is like the middle of the road; always safer to walk on than the edges. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Compromise is not about losing. It is about deciding that the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end result as you do. Donna Martini
Some people never learn the art of compromise. Everything is either black or white. They do not recognize, or will not concede, that the equally important color gray is a mixture or black and white. Waite Phillips
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
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. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Life is full of compromises, and whether or not you're willing to negotiate. Julianne Moore
Living is a compromise, between doing what you want and doing what other people want. John Updike
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break. Anonymous
When you have to start compromising yourself or your morals for the people around you, it's probably time to change the people around you. Anonymous