Nearly all legislation is the result of compromise.
Maxim quoted in a tribute to Cannon on his retirement, reported in The Sun, Baltimore, Maryland (March 4, 1923); Congressional Record (March 4, 1923), vol. 64, p. 5714.
I would rather quit public life at seventy, and quit it forever, than to retain public life at a sacrifice to my own self-respect. I will not vote for any law which will make fair for me and foul for another. The blacklist is the most cruel form of oppression ever devised by man for the infliction of suffering upon his weaker fellows.Joseph Gurney Cannon
In the last analysis sound judgment will prevail.Joseph Gurney Cannon
In legislation we all do a lot of swapping tobacco across the lines.Joseph Gurney Cannon
Not one cent for scenery.Joseph Gurney Cannon