Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Boyle OReilly (184490)
The world is large, when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide;But the world is small, when your enemy is loose on the other side.
JOHN BOYLE OREILLY, Distance, Watchwords from John Boyle OReilly, ed. Katherine E. Conway, p. 16 (1892).
These lines were quoted by Senator John F. Kennedy in a speech at the Al Smith Memorial Dinner in New York City, October 19, 1960, and, as president, to the Irish Parliament, Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963.