Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.
—Gunter Grass (1927–2015) German Novelist, Poet
It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
—Nikita Khrushchev (1894–1971) Russian Head of State, Political leader
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward.
—Reginald Wright Kauffman (1877–1959) American Novelist, Screenwriter
The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.
—Chuck Swindoll (b.1934) American Christian Pastor, Author, Educator, Radio Personality
Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbacks from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.
—Zelda Fitzgerald (1900–48) American Novelist