“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion that men give them.  Therefore, governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments.  Let the men be good, then the government cannot be bad.  If the men be bad, then government will never be good.  I know some say let us have good laws and no matter for the people who execute them.  But let them consider that though good laws do well, good men do better. For good laws may lack good men, but good men will never lack good laws nor allow bad ones.”

William Penn, The William Penn Tercentenary Committee, Remember William Penn, 2d ed., p. 81.

Note: Taken from his Preface to the First Frame of Government [constitution] for Pennsylvania, which was formally adopted in England, April 25, 1682.

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