Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
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.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autobiography, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 1, pp. 7273 (1903).