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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1576
AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate, than that these people are to be free; nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion have drawn indelible lines of distinction between them.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, “Autobiography,” The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 1, pp. 72–73 (1903).