Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
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.
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 (1967), attributes this article to Bliss Carman, a frequent contributor.