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Official State Mottoes

Official mottoes listed by state. (List by state or language)
StateList by state Motto Translation Language
Alabama Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere We Dare Maintain Our Rights Latin
Alaska North to the Future
Arizona Ditat Deus God enriches Latin
Arkansas Regnat Populus The people rule Latin
California Eureka I have found it Greek
Colorado Nil Sine Numine Nothing without providence Latin
Connecticut Qui Transtulit Sustinet He who transplanted still sustains Latin
Delaware Liberty and independence
Florida In God we trust
Georgia Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
Georgia Agriculture and Commerce
Hawaii Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness Hawaiian
Idaho Esto Perpetua It is perpetual Latin
Illinois State sovereignty, national union
Indiana The crossroads of America
Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
Kansas Ad Astra per Aspera To the stars through difficulties Latin
Kentucky United we stand, divided we shall fall
Kentucky Deo gratiam habeamus Let Us Be Grateful to God Latin
Louisiana Union, justice and confidence
Maine Dirigo I direct Latin
Maryland Fatti Maschii Parole Femine Strong Deeds, Gentle Words Italian
Massachusetts Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty Latin
Michigan Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you Latin
Minnesota L'Etoile du Nord The star of the north French
Mississippi Virtute et Armis By valor and arms Latin
Missouri Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law Latin
Montana Oro y Plata Gold and Silver Spanish
Nebraska Equality before the law
Nevada All for our country
New Hampshire Live free or die
New Jersey Liberty and Prosperity
New Mexico Crescit Eundo It grows as it goes Latin
New York Excelsior Higher Latin
North Carolina Esse Quam Videri To be, rather than to seem Latin
North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
Ohio With God, all things are possible
Oklahoma Labor Omnia Vincit Labor conquers all things Latin
Oregon Alis Volat Propriis She flies with her own wings Latin
Pennsylvania Virtue, liberty and independence
Rhode Island Hope
South Carolina Animis Opibusque Parati Prepared in mind and resources Latin
South Carolina Dum Spiro Spero While I breathe, I hope Latin
South Dakota Under God, the people rule
Tennessee Agriculture and commerce
Texas Friendship
Utah Industry
Vermont Freedom and unity
Virginia Sic Semper Tyrannis Thus always to tyrants Latin
Washington Al-ki By and by Native
American
(Chinook)
West Virginia Montani Semper Liberi Mountaineers always free Latin
Wisconsin Forward
Wyoming Equal rights

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."