List of U.S. state mottos

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This is a list of state mottos for the different states of the United States. To help tourism, states can also make state slogans. State slogans are not official and change more often than state mottos.

State Motto Translation (If applicable)
Alabama Audemus jura nostra defendere[1] (Latin, "We dare to defend our rights" or "We Dare Maintain Our Rights")
Alaska North to the Future[2] NONE
Arizona Ditat Deus[3] (Latin, "God enriches")
Arkansas Regnat populus[4] (Latin, "The people rule")
California Eureka[5] (Greek, "I have found it")
Colorado Nil sine numine (Latin, "Nothing without Providence" or "Nothing without the Deity")
Connecticut Qui transtulit sustinet (Latin, "He who transplanted sustains")
Delaware Liberty and independence NONE
Florida In God we trust[6] NONE
Georgia Wisdom, justice, and moderation NONE
Hawaii Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono (Hawaiian, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness")
Idaho Esto perpetua (Latin, "Let it be perpetual")
Illinois State sovereignty, national union NONE
Indiana The crossroads of America NONE
Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain NONE
Kansas Ad astra per aspera (Latin, "To the stars through adversity")
Kentucky English: United we stand, divided we fall
Latin: Deo gratiam habeamus

(Latin, "Let us give thanks to God"; adopted in 2002)
Louisiana Union, justice, and confidence NONE
Maine Dirigo (Latin, "I direct")
Maryland Fatti maschi, parole femmine (Italian, "Manly deeds, womanly words")
Massachusetts Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin, "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty")
Michigan Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice / Tuebor (Latin, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you") / (Latin, "I will be defended")
Minnesota L'étoile du Nord (Official state motto) / Quae sursum volo videre (Territorial motto never repealed) (French, "The star of the North") / (Latin, "I long to see what is beyond")
Mississippi Virtute et armis (Latin, "By valor and arms")
Missouri Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin, "The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law")
Montana Oro y plata (Spanish, "Gold and silver")
Nebraska Equality before the law NONE
Nevada All for our country NONE
New Hampshire Live free or die NONE
New Jersey Liberty and prosperity NONE
New Mexico Crescit eundo (Latin, "It grows as it goes")
New York Excelsior! (Latin, "Ever Upward!")
North Carolina Esse quam videri (Latin, "To be, rather than to seem")
North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable / Strength from the soil Daniel Webster quote used on the Great Seal / motto used on the Coat of Arms
Ohio With God, all things are possible NONE
Oklahoma Labor omnia vincit (Latin, "Hard work conquers all things")
Oregon The Union, and Alis volat propriis (Latin, "She flies with her own wings")
Pennsylvania Virtue, liberty, and independence NONE
Rhode Island Hope NONE
South Carolina Dum spiro spero (Latin, "While I breathe, I hope")
South Dakota Under God the people rule NONE
Tennessee Agriculture and commerce NONE
Texas Friendship[7] NONE
Utah Industry NONE
Vermont Freedom and Unity NONE
Virginia Sic semper tyrannis (Latin, "Thus always to tyrants")
Washington Al-ki (Chinook Jargon, "By and by")
West Virginia Montani semper liberi (Latin, "Mountaineers are always free")
Wisconsin Forward NONE
Wyoming Equal rights NONE

District of Columbia and territories owned by the United States[change | change source]

Jurisdiction Motto Translation (If applicable)
American Samoa Samoa, Muamua Le Atua (Samoan, "Samoa, Let God be First")
District of Columbia Justitia Omnibus (Latin, "Justice for all")
Puerto Rico Joannes Est Nomen Eius (Latin, "John is his name") In honor of San Juan, i.e. John the Baptist
Guam Where America's Day Begins
Virgin Islands United in Pride and Hope

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  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. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/emblems/st_motto.html. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "Official Alabama State Motto"
  2. "Alaska Kids' Corner, State of Alaska". Kids' Corner. State of Alaska. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. http://alaska.gov/kids/student.htm. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "State Motto:"
  3. "Arizona Facts / Office of the Arizona Governor". Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. http://azgovernor.gov/governor/arizona-facts. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "Above the drawing is the Arizona state motto, Ditat Deus, (Latin for "God Enriches")"
  4. "Arkansas State Symbols" (PDF). Our State Seal. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/educational/students/documents/arkansas_state_symbols.pdf. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "Latin phrase "Regnat Populus", our state motto"
  5. "California State Library - History and Culture - California State Symbols". State Motto. California State Library. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. https://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols.html. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "State Motto"
  6. "State Motto - Florida Department of State". State Motto. Florida Department of State. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. http://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/florida-state-symbols/state-motto/. Retrieved 2016-01-25. ""In God We Trust" was adopted by the Florida legislature"
  7. "SYMBOLS OF TEXAS" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/projectvote/pdfs/symbolSoftx2.pdf. Retrieved 2016-01-25. "The state motto of Texas is “Friendship.”"

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