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24 Inspirational James Monroe Quotes (LIBERTY)

Top 24 Most Famous James Monroe Quotes on Governing, Freedom and Life

“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
Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
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.
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.

“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
It is better to spread trust all around than to hand out money!
It is better to spread trust all around than to hand out money!
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty!
Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!
National honor is the national property of the highest value.
National honor is the national property of the highest value.
If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood.
If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood.

“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
I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis.
I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis.
Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.
Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.
It is the knowledge that all men have weaknesses and that many have vices that makes government necessary.
It is the knowledge that all men have weaknesses and that many have vices that makes government necessary.
In a representative republic, the education of our children must be of the utmost importance!
In a representative republic, the education of our children must be of the utmost importance!

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
A free, virtuous, and enlightened people must know full well the great principles and causes upon which their happiness depends.
A free, virtuous, and enlightened people must know full well the great principles and causes upon which their happiness depends.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
History has shown that at least one-half of every century is consumed in war.
History has shown that at least one-half of every century is consumed in war.
I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him.
I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him.

James Monroe Short Biography

Born 28 April 1758 at Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States, James Monroe was an American founding father and the 5th President of the United States.

He studied at the College of William and Mary in 1774, but left two years later to fight in the American Revolution and became a lieutenant.

Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson in 1780, and in 1782 was elected into the Virginia House of Delegates. And in 1790 became a member of the United States Senate.

Monroe was among the politicians who signed the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which effectively widened the territory of the United States. 

He ran as a Democratic-Republican in the 1816 Presidential election. And on March 4, 1817, he was sworn into the presidency during what was called The Era of Good Feelings.

As president, James Monroe was successful in expanding U.S. territory, and on December 2, 1823, he introduced the Monroe Doctrine to congress. This policy would oppose European colonialism in American territories.

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