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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Andrew Johnson (1808–75)
QUOTATION: Amendments to the Constitution ought to not be too frequently made;… [if] continually tinkered with it would lose all its prestige and dignity, and the old instrument would be lost sight of altogether in a short time.
ATTRIBUTION: President ANDREW JOHNSON, speech in front of the White House, February 22, 1866.—Andrew Johnson Papers, Library of Congress.
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States