49 James Monroe Quotes On Success In Life

James Monroe was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty; his presidency coincided with the Era of Good Feelings. These James Monroe quotes will motivate you.

Best James Monroe Quotes

  1. “We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.” ~ James Monroe
  2. “In a representative republic, the education of our children must be of the utmost importance!” ~ James Monroe
  3. “It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and a usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.” ~ James Monroe
  4. “The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.” ~ James Monroe
  5. “It is better to spread trust all around than to hand out money!” ~ James Monroe

  6. “There is a price tag on human liberty. That price is the willingness to assume the responsibilities of being free men. Payment of this price is a personal matter with each of us.” ~ James Monroe
  7. “A free, virtuous, and enlightened people must know full well the great principles and causes upon which their happiness depends.” ~ James Monroe
  8. “The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.” ~ James Monroe
  9. “Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!” ~ James Monroe
  10. “The liberty, prosperity, and the happiness of our country will always be the object of my most fervent prayers to the Supreme Author of All Good.” ~ James Monroe

  11. “How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” ~ James Monroe
  12. “The emigrants although of different parties and different religious sects all flew from persecution in pursuit of liberty.” ~ James Monroe
  13. “National honor is national property of the highest value.” ~ James Monroe

  14. “The earth was given to mankind to support the greatest number of which it is capable, and no tribe or people have a right to withhold from the wants of others more than is necessary for their own support and comfort.” ~ James Monroe
  15. “If it was wise, manly, and patriotic for us to establish a free government, it is equally wise to attend to the necessary means of its preservation.” ~ James Monroe
  16. “Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.” ~ James Monroe
  17. “A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” ~ James Monroe

  18. “If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood.” ~ James Monroe
  19. “While we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess, and to observe, the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to them whose minds have not yielded to the evidence which has convinced us.” ~ James Monroe
  20. “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
  21. “Peace is the best time for improvement and preparation of every kind; it is in peace that our commerce flourishes most, that taxes are most easily paid, and that the revenue is most productive.” ~ James Monroe

  22. “Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms…. If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.” ~ James Monroe
  23. “Republics demanded virtue. Monarchies could rely on coercion and “dazzling splendor” to suppress self-interest or factions; republics relied on the goodness of the people to put aside private interest for public good. The imperatives of virtue attached all sorts of desiderata to the republican citizen: simplicity, frugality, sobriety, simple manners, Christian benevolence, duty to the polity. Republics called on other virtues–spiritedness, courage–to protect the polity from external threats. Tyrants kept standing armies; republics relied on free yeomen, defending their own land.” ~ James Monroe
  24. “History has shown that at least one-half of every century is consumed in war.” ~ James Monroe

  25. “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.” ~ James Monroe
  26. “Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.” ~ James Monroe
  27. “The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best
    advantage for the nation.” ~ James Monroe
  28. “[In a republic,] it is not the people themselves who make the decisions, but the people they themselves choose to stand in their places.” ~ James Monroe

  29. “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
  30. “The movements of a great nation are connected in all their parts. If errors have been committed they ought to be corrected; if the policy is sound it ought to be supported.” ~ James Monroe
  31. “I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him.” ~ James Monroe
  32. “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
  33. “The payments which have been made into the Treasury show the very productive state of the public revenue.” ~ James Monroe

  34. “There is every reason to believe that our system will soon attain the highest degree of perfection of which human institutions are capable.” ~ James Monroe
  35. “The Executive is charged officially in the Departments under it with the disbursement of the public money, and is responsible for the faithful application of it to the purposes for which it is raised. The Legislature is the watchful guardian over the public purse. It is its duty to see that the disbursement has been honestly made.” ~ James Monroe
  36. “The citizens of the United States cherish sentiments the most friendly in favor of liberty and happiness…beyond the Atlantic. In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy to do so. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries.” ~ James Monroe
  37. “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

  38. “During the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress and George Washington – I call him the first George W. – (laughter and applause) – urged citizens to pray and to give thanks and to ask for God’s protection.” ~ James Monroe
  39. “To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.” ~ James Monroe
  40. “The American continents, by the free and independent condition by which they have assumed and maintained, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.” ~ James Monroe
  41. “The crime of ingratitude has not yet stained, and I trust never will stain, our national character. You are considered by them as not only having rendered important service in our own revolution, but as being, on a more extended scale, the friend of human rights, and able advocate of public liberty. To the welfare of Thomas Paine, the Americas are not, nor can they be, indifferent.” ~ James Monroe
  42. “In wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy so to do” ~ James Monroe

  43. “I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis.” ~ James Monroe
  44. “I enter on the trust to which I have been called by the suffrages of my fellow-citizens with my fervent prayers to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protection which He has already so conspicuously displayed in our favor.” ~ James Monroe
  45. “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
  46. “The mention of Greece fills the mind with the most exalted sentiments and arouses in our bosoms the best feelings of which our nature is capable.” ~ James Monroe

  47. “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
  48. “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
  49. “Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.” ~ James Monroe

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