James Monroe Quotes

National honor is national property of the highest value.

4th March, 1817. First Inaugural Address.

The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.

2nd December, 1823. Annual Message to Congress / The Monroe Doctrine.

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.

2nd December, 1823. Annual Message to Congress / The Monroe Doctrine.

We owe it, therefore, to candor, and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we … shall not interfre. But with the governments … whose independence we have … acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling, in any other manner, their destiny, by any European power, in any other light than as a manifestation of an unfriendly disposition towards the United States.

2nd December, 1823. Annual Message to Congress / The Monroe Doctrine.