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Motivational James Monroe Quotes and Sayings

James Monroe Quotes:- James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. He is perhaps best known for his foreign policy principle, known as the “Monroe Doctrine”, which disallowed further European colonization of the Americas (beginning in 1823).

As an Anti-Federalist delegate to the Virginia convention that considered ratification of the United States Constitution, Monroe opposed, claiming it gave too much power to the central government. Nonetheless, he took an active part in the new government, and in 1790 was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress, where he joined the Democratic-Republicans.

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Inspirational James Monroe Quotes


“A king without power is an absurdity.”James Monroe


“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”-James Monroe


“At no period of our political existence had we so much cause to felicitate ourselves at the prosperous and happy condition of our country.”-James Monroe

“By the last returns to the Department of War the militia force of the several States may be estimated at 800,000 men – infantry, artillery, and cavalry.”-James Monroe


James Monroe Quotes On Land


“By these purchases the Indian title, with moderate reservations, has been extinguished to the whole of the land within the limits of the State of Ohio, and to a part of that in the Michigan Territory and of the State of Indiana.”-James Monroe


“From several of the Indian tribes inhabiting the country bordering on Lake Erie purchases have been made of lands on conditions very favorable to the United States, and, as it is presumed, not less so to the tribes themselves.”-James Monroe


“I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis.”-James Monroe


“If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.”-James Monroe


James Monroe Quotes On Injuries


“In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, not does it comport with our policy so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defence.”-James Monroe


“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.”-James Monroe


“It is the knowledge that all men have weaknesses and that many have vices that makes government necessary.”James Monroe


“It was by one Union that we achieved our independence and liberties, and by it alone can they be maintained.”-James Monroe


“National honor is the national property of the highest value.”-James Monroe


James Monroe Quotes On Success


“Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.”-James Monroe


“Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!”-James Monroe


“Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.”-James Monroe


“Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.”-James Monroe


“The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.”-James Monroe


James Monroe Quotes On War


“The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.”-James Monroe


“The great increase of our population throughout the Union will alone produce an important effect, and in no quarter will it be so sensibly felt as in those in contemplation.”-James Monroe


“The payments which have been made into the Treasury show the very productive state of the public revenue.”-James Monroe

“The principles and passions of men are always the same and lead to the same result, varying only according to the circumstances in which they are placed.”-James Monroe


James Monroe Quotes On Nation


“The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best advantage for the nation.”-James Monroe


“The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.”-James Monroe


“To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.”-James Monroe