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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2034
AUTHOR: John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–90)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN BOYLE O’REILLY, “Distance,” Watchwords from John Boyle O’Reilly, 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.