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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1735
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: And we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscient—that we are only 6 percent of the world’s population—that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind—that we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversity—and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, address at the University of Washington’s 100th anniversary program, Seattle, Washington, November 16, 1961.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 726.
SUBJECTS: Solution