Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (191763)
And we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscientthat we are only 6 percent of the worlds populationthat we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankindthat we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversityand that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.
President JOHN F. KENNEDY, address at the University of Washingtons 100th anniversary program, Seattle, Washington, November 16, 1961.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 726.