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AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, commencement address at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 462.
SUBJECTS: Differences