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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Hughes (1822–96)
QUOTATION: There isn’t such a reasonable fellow in the world, to hear him talk. He [Tom Brown] never wants anything but what’s right and fair; only when you come to settle what’s right and fair, it’s everything he wants, and nothing that you want. And that’s his idea of a compromise.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS HUGHES, Tom Brown’s Schooldays, part 2, chapter 2, pp. 190–91 (1856, reprinted 1971).
SUBJECTS: Compromise