List of U.S. state mottos

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This is a list of mottos for the different states of the United States. To help tourism, states can also make state slogans.

StateMottoTranslation (If applicable)
AlabamaAudemus jura nostra defendere[1](Latin, "We dare to defend our rights" or "We Dare Maintain Our Rights")
AlaskaNorth to the Future
ArizonaDitat Deus[2](Latin, "God enriches")
ArkansasRegnat populus[3](Latin, "The people rule")
CaliforniaEureka[4](Greek, "I have found it")
ColoradoNil sine numine(Latin, "Nothing without Providence" or "Nothing without the Deity")
ConnecticutQui transtulit sustinet(Latin, "He who transplanted sustains")
DelawareLiberty and independence
FloridaIn God we trust[5]
GeorgiaWisdom, Justice, Moderation
HawaiiUa Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono(Hawaiian, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness")
IdahoEsto perpetua(Latin, "Let it be perpetual")
IllinoisState sovereignty, national union
IndianaThe crossroads of America
IowaOur liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
KansasAd astra per aspera(Latin, "To the stars through difficulties")
KentuckyEnglish: United we stand, divided we fall
Latin: Deo gratiam habeamus

(Latin, "Let us be grateful to God"; adopted in 2002)
LouisianaUnion, justice, and confidence
MaineDirigo(Latin, "I direct")
MarylandFatti maschi, parole femmine / Scuto bonae voluntatis coronasti nos / crescite et multiplicamini(Italian, "Strong deeds, gentle words") / (Latin "By the shield of your good will you have crowned us") / (Latin "grow and multiply")
MassachusettsEnse petit placidam sub libertate quietem(Latin, "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty")
MichiganSi quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice / Tuebor(Latin, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you") / (Latin, "I will defend")
MinnesotaL’étoile du Nord / Quae sursum volo videre(French, "The star of the North") / (Latin, "I long to see what is beyond")
MississippiVirtute et armis(Latin, "By valor and arms")
MissouriSalus populi suprema lex esto(Latin, "The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law")
MontanaOro y plata(Spanish, "Gold and silver")
NebraskaEquality before the law
NevadaAll for our country
New HampshireLive free or die
New JerseyLiberty and Prosperity
New MexicoCrescit eundo(Latin, "It goes by growing")
New YorkExcelsior!(Latin, "Ever Upward!")
North CarolinaEsse quam videri(Latin, "To be, rather than to seem")
North DakotaLiberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable / Strength from the soilDaniel Webster quote used on the Great Seal / motto used on the Coat of Arms
OhioWith God, all things are possible / Imperium in imperio(Latin "an empire in an empire")
OklahomaLabor omnia vincit(Latin, "Hard work conquers all things")
OregonThe Union, and Alis volat propriis(Latin, "She flies with her own wings")
PennsylvaniaVirtue, Liberty and Independence
Rhode IslandHope
South CarolinaDum spiro spero / animis opibusque parati(Latin, "While I breathe, I hope" / "prepared in minds and resources")
South DakotaUnder God the people rule
TennesseeAgriculture and Commerce
VermontFreedom and Unity[6] and Stella quarta decima fulgeat(Latin, "May the 14th star shine bright")
VirginiaSic semper tyrannis(Latin, "Thus always to tyrants")
WashingtonAl-ki(Chinook Jargon, "By and by")
West VirginiaMontani semper liberi(Latin, "Mountaineers are always free")
WyomingEqual Rights and Cedant arma togae.(Latin, "Let weapons yield to the toga.")

District of Columbia and United States Territories

JurisdictionMottoTranslation (If applicable)
American SamoaSamoa, Muamua Le Atua (Samoan, "Samoa, Let God be First")
District of ColumbiaJustitia Omnibus(Latin, "Justice for all")
Puerto RicoJoannes Est Nomen Eius(Latin, "John is his name") In honor of San Juan, i.e. John the Baptist
GuamWhere America's Day Begins
Virgin IslandsUnited in Pride and Hope

Related pages


  1. "Alabama Department of Archives and History, Alabama Emblems: State Motto". Alabama Department of Archives and History. 2014-02-06. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25. Official Alabama State Motto
  2. "Arizona Facts / Office of the Arizona Governor". Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25. Above the drawing is the Arizona state motto, Ditat Deus, (Latin for "God Enriches")
  3. "Arkansas State Symbols" (PDF). Our State Seal. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25. Latin phrase "Regnat Populus", our state motto
  4. "California State Library - History and Culture - California State Symbols". State Motto. California State Library. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25. State Motto
  5. "State Motto - Florida Department of State". State Motto. Florida Department of State. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "In God We Trust" was adopted by the Florida legislature
  6. "Title 1, chapter 11, section 491. Coat of Arms; Crest; Motto and Badge". Vermont State Statutes. State of Vermont. Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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