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1. "Acceptance is supposed to be a good thing - Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Also compromise, as every couples therapist will tell you. But the cost was high - the damping of expectation, the dwindling of spirit, the resignation that comes to replace enthusiasm, the cynicism that supplants hope. The mouldering that goes unnoticed and unchecked."
Author: A.S.A. Harrison
2. "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."
Author: Abraham Lincoln
3. "Conventions are stupid things; but even the children of the spirit must make some compromise with the world."
Author: Aldous Huxley
4. "The untutored egotist merely wants what he wants. Give him a religious education, and it becomes obvious to him, it becomes axiomatic, that what he wants is what God wants, that his cause is the cause of whatever he may happen to regard as the True Church and that any compromise is a metaphysical Munich, an appeasement of Radical Evil."
Author: Aldous Huxley
5. "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."
Author: Amos Oz
6. "If the right woman comes into your life, you won't let her go. I'm the last man who would tell you to compromise. Marry someone you can love and accept as she is, Lucivar. Marry someone who will love and accept you. Don't settle for less." Lucivar lowered his arm. "Do you think the right man will come into Cat's life?" "He'll come. If the Darkness is kind, he'll come."
Author: Anne Bishop
7. "As for money and prestige, if one has an opportunity to make money and/or advance their position or place in life, there can be a lot to weigh and consider, such as responsibilities, goals and objectives, etc. We all make choices, deal with our sense of priorities, principles, ethics, morals, balancing, juggling, making compromises... or not! Ha!"
Author: Axl Rose
8. "Her strength was in the integrity of her actions; she never compromised what she believed she ought to do."
Author: Charles Finch
9. "As a former lifelong Republican, it pains me to tell you that today's Republicans - and their standard-bearers, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - just aren't up to the task. They're beholden to 'my way or the highway' bullies, indebted to billionaires who bankroll ads and allergic to the very idea of compromise."
Author: Charlie Crist
10. "I had wanted to compromise with Fate: to escape occasional great agonies by submitting to a whole life of privation and small pains."
Author: Charlotte Brontë
11. "To do a comedy team, it requires so much extracurricular stuff, so much compromise, so much intuitiveness to know what the other guy is doing. That's why it's so hard to do it."
Author: Cheech Marin
12. "Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise."
Author: Christian Bale
13. "We played hard and we partied hard. I'm not ashamed of that. I was no angel - I did some things I shouldn't have done, lived a lifestyle I shouldn't have lived. I had a blast at times; other times, I probably compromised my job, my duty to do my job, to be ready as a professional."
Author: David Cone
14. "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."
Author: David Cross
15. "In general, losing weight is a good thing for those who are overweight, but it's important to lose weight in a way that enhances your health rather than one that may compromise it."
Author: Dean Ornish
16. "Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a ceremony celebrating Blake Hartt and Livia McHugh. Today is not the start of their lives together. It will mark the day we all stood, clapped, and gave good wishes. But their fates were destined for each other long before they even met. True love, the kind that lasts forever, is very rare indeed. It takes compromise, continued growth, and trust."Cole paused to look from Blake to Livia and back again. "Livia and Blake have a head start on all those things," he continued. "Time has tested them already, asking a fresh love to face terrifying and life-changing tasks. These two had to find and hold onto their love, even when it felt like all was lost."
Author: Debra Anastasia
17. "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."
Author: Dee Dee Myers
18. "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."
Author: Dennis Prager
19. "Some men," Flamel irresistibly added, "think of books merely as tools, others as tooling. I'm between the two; there are days when I use them as scenery, other days when I want them as society; so that, as you see, my library represents a makeshift compromise between looks and brains, and the collectors look down on me almost as much as the students."
Author: Edith Wharton
20. "Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation."
Author: Emanuel Cleaver
21. "The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name."
Author: Enid Bagnold
22. "Youth leaders, are you holding aloft our standards, or have you compromised them for the lowest common denominator in order to appease the deceived or vile within the Church? Are the dances and music in your cultural halls virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy, and of good report (Articles of Faith 13), or do they represent a modern Sodom with short skirts, loud beat, strobe lights, and darkness?"
Author: Ezra Taft Benson
23. "And girls need cold anger. They need the cold simmer, the ceaseless grudge, the talent to avoid forgiveness, the side stepping of compromise. They need to know when they say something that they will never back down, ever, ever."
Author: Gregory Maguire
24. "Our music doesn't make many compromises, but we take it into a venue that's larger than people expect."
Author: Ian Williams
25. "Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession."
Author: Jalal Talabani
26. "With these kinds of proposals, the devil is in the details. We're going to examine this realignment closely. We will fight any measure that compromises our needs - now or in the future."
Author: John B. Larson
27. "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."
Author: Jose Carreras
28. "As a property developer, I learned a long time ago to choose your battles wisely and that, unfortunately, compromise is a given."
Author: Kevin McCloud
29. "Kazuhiko could have taken his gun and aimed it at the person behind them. But Sakura wouldn't want that. What she wanted was to leave this world quietly before they got sucked into this horrible massacre. Nothing was more important to him than her. There was no room for compromise. If this were what her trembling soul wanted, then he would follow her. Had he been more eloquent he might have described his feelings as something like, "I'm going to die for her honor."Their two bodies danced in the air beyond the cliff, their hands still clasped together, the black sea under them."
Author: Koushun Takami
30. "But we have to find ways of compromising when we disagree on something. You know what compromise is, right?""Uh-huh. It's when you don't get to have everything your way and I don't get to have everything my way, and no one's happy."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
31. "Children refuse to compromise. Adults learn how."
Author: Madeleine M. Kunin
32. "This is not a time of retreat but rather resurgence. This is not a time for compromise but rather courage."
Author: Mark Driscoll
33. "It's not always rainbows and butterflies. It's compromise that moves us along."
Author: Maroon 5
34. "For this was the other thing that Elric knew: that to compromise with Tyranny is always to be destroyed by it. The sanest and most logical choice lay always in resistance."
Author: Michael Moorcock
35. "World-class cereal-eating is a dance of fine compromises. The giant heaping bowl of sodden cereal, awash in milk, is the mark of the novice. Ideally one wants the bone-dry cereal nuggets and the cryogenic milk to enter the mouth with minimal contact and for the entire reaction between them to take place in the mouth. Randy has worked out a set of mental blueprints for a special cereal-eating spoon that will have a tube running down the handle and a little pump for the milk, so that you can spoon dry cereal up out of a bowl, hit a button with your thumb, and squirt milk into the bowl of the spoon even as you are introducing it into your mouth. The next best thing is to work in small increments, putting only a small amount of Cap'n Crunch in your bowl at a time and eating it all up before it becomes a pit of loathsome slime, which, in the case of Cap'n Crunch, takes about thirty seconds."
Author: Neal Stephenson
36. "Love is a bonfire. It's every kind word. It's every sincere apology. It's every compromise."
Author: Nessie Q.
37. "Marriage, each of them realized intuitively, was about compromise and forgiveness. It was about balance, where one person complemented the other."
Author: Nicholas Sparks
38. "Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy"
Author: Phyllis McGinley
39. "They say that to do injustice is, by nature, good; to suffer injustice, evil, but that the evil is greater than the good. And so when men have both done and suffered injustice and have had experience of both, not being able to avoid the one and obtain the other, they think that they had better agree among themselves to have neither; hence there arise laws and mutual covenants, and that which is ordained by law is termed by them lawful and just. This they affirm to be the origin and nature of justice, it is a mean or compromise, between the best of all, which is to do injustice and not be punished, and the worst of all, which is to suffer injustice without the power of retaliation, and justice, being at a middle point between the two, is tolerated not as a good, but as the lesser evil, and honored by reason of the inability of me to do injustice. For no man who is worthy to be called a man would ever submit to such an agreement if he were able to resist; he would be mad if he did."
Author: Plato
40. "How we treat our invalids - our mad, our physically or mentally compromised family members - does tell you something about who we are politically, historically, culturally."
Author: Samuel R. Delany
41. "It is through our extended family that we first learn to compromise and come to an understanding that even if we don't always agree about things we can still love and look out for each other."
Author: Sara Sheridan
42. "Quiet pragmatism, of course, lacks the romance of vocal militancy. But I felt myself more a mediator than a crusader. My strengths were reasoning, crafting compromises, finding the good and the good faith on both sides of an argument, and using that to build a bridge. Always, my first question was, what's the goal? And then, who must be persuaded if it is to be accomplished? A respectful dialogue with one's opponent almost invariably goes further than a harangue outside his or her window. If you want to change someone's mind, you must understand what need shapes his or her opinion. To prevail, you must first listen."
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
43. "The personal values managers reported being the most under pressure to compromise to do their jobs successfully: 1. Family 2. Integrity."
Author: Stan Slap
44. "Never compromise your values."
Author: Steve Maraboli
45. "I feel, am mad as any writer must in one way be; why not make it real? I am too close to the bourgeois society of suburbia: too close to people I know I must sever my self from them, or be a part of their world: this half and half compromise is intolerable."
Author: Sylvia Plath
46. "Much like the removal of moles and skin lesions is done to prevent them from growing into more serious skin abnormalities, removing minor discord before it becomes a calamity is an important use of our time. Most people don't like to make waves and they swallow frustration and bury true feelings, not wanting to compromise temporary tranquility, never realizing that massive turmoil doesn't start out massive—it grows beneath the skin like a cancer that could have been avoided with early detection."
Author: T.D. Jakes
47. "Every good story starts with a simple premise. This one begins with the notion of survival. The determination to live is both instinctive and ferocious. It often encourages compromise with evil. Only the Devil ever benefits from such a bargain."
Author: Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
48. "Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval."
Author: Thomas S. Monson
49. "Night always turns to day again as long as the sun shall rise, so shall it be for darkened dreams grown pale from compromise"
Author: Tracy L. Conway
50. "Be faithful, be vigilant, be untiring in your efforts to break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free. Come what may - cost what it may - inscribe on the banner which you unfurl to the breeze, as your religious and political motto - "NO COMPROMISE WITH SLAVERY! NO UNION WITH SLAVEHOLDERS"
Author: William Lloyd Garrison

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