“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
"And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for the second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering."

-- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kercheval, Monticello, July 12, 1816

"We have a political class that has become unprincipled, and they have created a political process that is not of the people, by the people, or for the people. Now, you can try and fix the process without addressing the lack of principle, but, at best, all you're likely to accomplish is to create a more efficient means of tyranny. No, get the principles right, quit compromising them, and then fixing the process will be easy."

-- Tom Hoefling, April 23, 2012

"Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship."

-- James Russell Lowell