that which serves as equivalent to make amends for loss, privation or injury

Compensation is that which constitutes, or is regarded as, an equivalent; that which makes good the lack or variation of something else; especially that which compensates or makes amends for loss or privation.

For financial compensation, see wage.



Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 127-28.
  • Each loss has its compensation
    There is healing for every pain,
    But the bird with a broken pinion
    Never soars so high again.
  • Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.
    • Ecclesiastes, XI. 1.
  • As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
    Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,
    Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
    Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
  • Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum:
    Multa recedentes adimunt.
    • The coming years bring many advantages with them: retiring they take away many.
    • Horace, Ars Poetica (18 BC), CLXXV.
  • Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
    • Isaiah. LXI. 3.
  • O weary hearts! O slumbering eyes!
    O drooping souls, whose destinies
    Are fraught with fear and pain,
    Ye shall be loved again.
  • Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,
    The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
    The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
    We bargain for the graves we lie in;
    At the devil's booth are all things sold,
    Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;
    For a cap and bells our lives we pay,
    Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking,
    'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
    'Tis only God may be had for the asking,
    No price is set on the lavish summer;
    June may be had by the poorest comer.
  • Merciful Father, I will not complain.
    I know that the sunshine shall follow the rain.
  • Sæpe creat molles aspera spina rosas.
    • The prickly thorn often bears soft roses.
    • Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, II. 2. 34.
  • The burden is equal to the horse's strength.
  • Primo avulso non deficit alter aureus.
    • One plucked, another fills its room
      And burgeons with like precious bloom.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 143.
  • And light is mingled with the gloom,
    And joy with grief;
    Divinest compensations come,
    Through thorns of judgment mercies bloom
    In sweet relief.

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