US Mottoes | Latin

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Mottoes of the USA and the States

States not listed have mottoes in English or in other languages.

E pluribus unum

“One from many” -- USA

Annuit coeptis.

“He (God) has given approval to our beginnings.” -- USA

Justitia Omnibus

“Justice for all” -- District of Columbia

Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere.

“We dare to defend our rights.” -- Alabama

Ditat Deus.

“God enriches” -- Arizona

Regnat Populus. [Changed from Regnant Populi.]

“The people rules. / The people rule.” -- Arkansas

Nil Sine Numine

“Nothing without the Deity” -- Colorado

Qui Transtulit, Sustinet.

“He who transplanted continues to sustain.” -- Connecticut

Esto Perpetua

“Mayest thou endure forever.” [Esto is future imperative.] -- Idaho

Ad Astra Per Aspera

“To the stars through difficulties” -- Kansas


“I direct. / I guide.” -- Maine

Scuto Bonae Voluntatis Tuae Coronasti Nos

“With the shield of Thy good will thou hast crowned us.” -- Maryland

Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem.

“With the sword she seeks peace under liberty.” -- Massachusetts

Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice.

“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you. / If thou seekest a delightful peninsula, look around thee.” -- Michigan

Virtute et Armis

“By valor and arms” -- Mississippi

Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto.

“Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law. / The safety of the people is to be the supreme law.” [Esto is a future imperative verb.] -- Missouri

Crescit Eundo.

“It grows by going. / It grows as it goes.” -- New Mexico


“Higher” -- New York

Esse Quam Videri

“To be rather than to seem” -- North Carolina

Imperium in Imperio

“An empire in an empire.” -- Ohio

Labor omnia vincit.

“Labor conquers all things.” -- Oklahoma

Alis Volat Propriis.

“She flies with her own wings.” -- Oregon

Animis Opibusque Parati & Dum Spiro Spero.

“Prepared in spirit and riches / Ready in souls and resources” & “While I breathe I hope.” Quis Separabit? & Meliorem Lapsa Locavit “Who shall separate us?” & “He has planted a better than the fallen.” -- South Carolina

Sic Semper Tyrannis

“Thus always to tyrants” -- Virginia

Montani Semper Liberi. & Libertas et Fidelitas

“Mountaineers are always free men.” & “Freedom and loyalty” -- West Virginia

Cedant Arma Togae.

“Let arms yield to the toga.” -- Wyoming

Collected by Edith E. Smith, M.A.

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