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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: I confess I have the same fears for our South American brethren; the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training, and for these they will require time and probably much suffering.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Edward Everett, March 27, 1824.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 16, p. 22 (1904).
SUBJECTS: Government