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I often wish that I could rid the world of the tyranny of facts. What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.

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Source Notes: Source: Author unknown, On Having Known a Poet, The Atlantic Monthly, May 1906, p. 712.The Home Book of American Quotations, ed. Bruce Bohle, p. 90 , attributes this article to Bliss Carman, a frequent contributor.

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