In Agreement

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – In Agreement

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. ~ Charles Baudelaire

Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness. ~ Cullen Hightower

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1678)

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling. ~ Joseph Addison

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that only one of them is doing the thinking. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say. ~ Marshall McLuhan

If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s wrong. ~ Mo Udall

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity. ~ Oscar Wilde

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be. ~ Walter Bagehot

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. ~ William Wrigley Jr.

What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. ~ Louise Nevelson

There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement. ~ E. B. White

My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please. ~ Frederick the Great

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles. ~ Muriel Spark

Nobody agrees with anybody else anyhow, but adults conceal it and infants show it. ~ Ogden Nash

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. ~ Dudley Field Malone

If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

Man, an animal that makes bargains. ~ Adam Smith

Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again. ~ Frank Moore Colby

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you. ~ Kin Hubbard

There’s nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

You can always tell when a man’s well informed. His views are pretty much like your own. ~ Louie Morris

You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it. ~ John Jay Chapman

You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue – agree with him. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Compromise: An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong. ~ Lord Edward Cecil

Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Compromise (n) – Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due. ~ Ambrose Bierce

What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease. ~ Bliss Carman

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity. ~ Bertrand Russell

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf. ~ G. K. Chesterton

People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

A man’s wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart. ~ George Jean Nathan

It’s true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found. ~ Moliere

If we are all in agreement on the decision – then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about. ~ Alfred P. Sloan

Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words. ~ Alfred Korzybski


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