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Quotes of the Day for 12 April 2002 – Compromise

Henry Clay was born in Hanover County, Virginia on this day in 1777. On at least three occasions he engineered compromises in the Congress, including the Missouri Compromise, that kept the Union together for a few more years. He was called the Great Compromiser and the Great Pacificator. He delayed the War Between the States, he didn't avoid it, but that should have been expected from a series of compromises.

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The quotes:

To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.
     - Golda Meir

It is never right to compromise with dishonesty.
     - Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr

All government - indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act - is founded on compromise and barter.
     - Edmund Burke, 1728 - 1797

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is a temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
     - James Russell Lowell, 1819 - 1891

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, 1809 - 1894


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