Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow,) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little to-morrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, pp. 33132 (1903).