We reach goals among diverse parties through compromise.

Compromise remained the word of the day. And what is compromise but agreeing at times to vote against one's desires in order to reach a higher goal? Those who would define freedom as the right to cling to every precious principle dear to one's heart could not form a nation -- especially not this one. The key was to decide together which principles were sacred and -- no small detail -- would make the nation governable.

Brett Baier, remarking on the Constitutional Convention