Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
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.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Edward Everett, March 27, 1824.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 16, p. 22 (1904).