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  • "Ideals may tell us something important about what we would like to be. But compromises tell us who we are."
    Avishai Margalit (1939–), Israeli political philosopher
    Source: On Compromise and Rotten Compromises (2010)
  • "I’m a man of principle, I like to know whether I’m lying to save the skin of a tosser or a moron."
    Armando Iannucci (1963–), British comedian, screenwriter, and director
    Source: The Thick of It (2005)
  • "Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle."
    Charles Handy (1932–), Irish business executive and author
    Source: The Age of Paradox (1994)
  • "Occasionally, a man must rise above principles."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Annual report (1991)
  • "It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
    Alfred Adler (18701937), Austrian psychologist and psychiatrist
    Source: Quoted in Alfred Adler (Phyllis Bottome, 1939)
  • "You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency."
    W. Somerset Maugham (18741965), British novelist, short-story writer, and dramatist
    Source: The Circle (1921)
  • "The Great Principles on which we will build this Business are as everlasting as the Pyramids."
    Gordon Selfridge (18581947), US-born British retailer
    Source: Preliminary announcement, opening of Selfridge’s store, London (1909)
  • "Principles always become a matter of vehement discussion when practice is at an ebb."
    George Gissing (18571903), British novelist
    Source: Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903)

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