Years ago a client said to me – “life is one big compromise.”   

I always thought that was an interesting saying, and I remembered it.

I searched compromise in google, and one site had a few dozen quotes on the “compromise”. What surprised me was the range of feelings about it.

Some have the attitude that you need to compromise, and others have the attitude to never compromise.

I don’t think it is that black and white. There would be times to compromise and times to never compromise.

I like the saying from the Ken Roger’s song The Gambler – “know when to hold’em , know when to fold’em. “

Here a few of those compromise quotes from the search –

Compromise is an agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions. Here are a few quotes on compromise from the google search –

If you limit your choice 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

Do what is right. Be valiant for the truth. Teach it without compromise,and all lovers of the truth will approve you;for all others,you need not care a rush. – J. Thomas

Every day there is a compromise. Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding. But I love being married. I really love it. Sometimes I try to downplay it a bit because people are like, ‘God you guys.’ I just feel so fortunate that I have found someone who will put up with me and stay with me.
– Nicole Kidman

A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit. – George Herbert

There are things that are okay to compromise. There are things that are not okay to compromise. Life is about learning the difference. – Katrina Mayer

Every successful relationship must have the 3 C’s…communication, compromise, and commitment.

Compromise in Today’s Society

Now I am thinking about compromise and what I am seeing in the US political situation. From the main news stories, it appears to me that the problems become worse when one or more of the parties will not compromise.

In a post from March 2020, I linked to a video on Adaptability. The speaker said that, life is not about survival of the fittest, but having the ability to adapt quickly and well to the conditions we are faced with.

Compromise feels like giving something up. Adaptability feels like changing yourself to suit the conditions.

Either way, it leads me back to my opening statement – Life is one big compromise !

If you would like to read more compromise quotes, check out this link –

The video on Adaptability is here –

All the best for 2021.

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