John Viscount Morley Quote

“The political spirit is the great force in throwing the love of truth and accurate reasoning into a secondary place.”

~ John Viscount Morley

On Compromise, 1874

Ratings and Comments

jim k, austin

The US Congress is a great example of this quote.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

True but politics may also be called simply "compromise" which can be called the "route of all evil" and the "saviour of a natin or people" at the same time. Strange is it not.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

PS: Oh! I just noticed the quote is from a book titled COMPROMISE.

E Archer, NYC

The collective consciousness merely reflects the sum of individual consciousnesses. That is why the path of truth and honor is not just a nicety -- it is integral. The collective more often than not simply unites the lowest common denominator at the expense of truth and reason.

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RBESRQ    11/21/08

Three good one's.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Political compromise can be used to negotiate the details but one must never compromise basic principles and plain, clear, indisputable fact. Those who do lose their soul. That is, of course, why a great many of our politicians are soulless, empty, despicable creatures.

Jamesm, NYC
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Jamesm, NYC    1/9/09

Henry Adams once said that POLITICS is the organization of hatreds, while others have insisted 'everything is political' This is what goes on to the greatest extent in DC, state capitols and city halls across the nation!

Gilbert R. Jones, Glendale, Ca.

Did you know that Bob Schulz (lawyer) and founder of has called for a "Continental Congress 2009" to be held this coming March in Philadelphia across from Independence Hall where the original was held by the Founders? The rest of January and all of February will be devoted to preliminary meetings all across the country. The schedules are here, Here's an opportunity to DO something about it!!


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