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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: G. K. CHESTERTON, What’s Wrong with the World, chapter 3, p. 18 (1910).
SUBJECTS: Compromise