List of U.S. state mottos

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Template:State insignia Here is a list of state mottos for the states of the United States. To promote tourism, states also establish state slogans, which are unofficial and change more often than state mottos. A separate list of U.S. state slogans is also available, as well as a list of U.S. state nicknames.

Mottos for countries are listed separately.

State Motto Translation (If applicable)
Alabama Audemus jura nostra defendere (Latin, "We dare defend our rights")
Alaska North to the future
Arizona Ditat Deus (Latin, "God enriches")
Arkansas Regnat populus (Latin, "The people rule")
California Eureka (Greek, "I have found it")
Colorado Nil sine numine (Latin, "Nothing without providence")
Connecticut Qui transtulit sustinet (Latin, "He who transplanted, sustains")
Delaware Liberty and independence
Florida In God we trust
Georgia Wisdom, justice, and moderation
Hawaii Ua mau ke ea o ka aina 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
Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
Indiana The crossroads of America
Kansas Ad astra per aspera (Latin, "To the stars through difficulty")
Kentucky United we stand, divided we fall
Louisiana Union, justice, and confidence
Maine Dirigo (Latin, "I direct" or "I lead")
Maryland Fatti maschi, parole femmine (Italian, literally "Manly deeds, womanly words" presumably conveying the same message as Theodore Roosevelt's famous "speak softly and carry a big stick.")
Massachusetts Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin, "By the sword she seeks peace under liberty")
Michigan Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice (Latin, "If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look around you" — an alteration of the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral, London.)
Minnesota L'étoile du Nord (French, "The north star")
Mississippi Virtute et armis (Latin, "By virtue and arms")
Missouri Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin, "Let the good of the people be the supreme law")
Montana Oro y plata (Spanish, "Gold and silver")
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 (Latin, "It grows as it goes")
New York Excelsior (Latin, "Higher")
North Carolina Esse quam videri (Latin, "To be rather than to seem")
North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
Ohio With God, all things are possible
Oklahoma Labor vincit omnia (Latin, "Work conquers all")
Oregon Alis volat propiis (Latin, "She flies with her own wings")
Pennsylvania Virtue, liberty, and independence
Rhode Island Hope
South Carolina Dum spiro, spero (Latin, "While I breathe, I hope")
South Dakota Under God the people rule
Tennessee Agriculture and commerce
Texas Friendship
Utah Industry
Vermont Freedom and unity
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
Wyoming Equal rights

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