Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
James Madison (17511836)
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 47, p. 336 (1961).