Principle without compromise is empty. Compromise without principle is blind.
Stephen B. Smith, “A Lincoln for Our Time”
If you're a man of principle, compromise is a bit of a dirty word.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, “In the Darkness of Dick Cheney”
One of the most misleading lines we hear in conflict is, “I can't compromise on a matter of principle.” Or as Thomas Jefferson is reputed to have said, “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Although a nice sentiment, this is an unrealistic and often self-defeating guide to action. One cannot be truly principled without sometimes compromising in very significant ways. Moreover, the value of principles ...