List of State Mottos

This page lists the state mottos for the 50 US states. If the state motto is not in English, the English translation is shown in parentheses.

US State State Motto US State State Motto
Alabama Audemus jura nostra defendere
(We dare defend our rights)
Montana Oro y plata
(Gold and silver)
Alaska North to the future Nebraska Equality before the law
Arizona Ditat Deus
(God enriches)
Nevada All For Our Country and Battle Born
Arkansas Regnat populus
(The people rule)
New Hampshire Live Free or Die
California Eureka
(I have found it)
New Jersey Liberty and prosperity
Colorado Nil sine numine
(Nothing without the Deity)
New Mexico Crescit eundo
(It grows as it goes)
Connecticut Qui transtulit sustinet
(He who transplanted sustains)
New York Excelsior
(Ever upward)
Delaware Liberty and Independence North Carolina Esse quam videri
(To be, rather than to seem)
Florida In God We Trust North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
Georgia Wisdom, justice, and moderation Ohio With God, all things are possible
Hawaii Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono
(The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Oklahoma Labor omnia vincit
(Labor conquers all things)
Idaho Esto perpetua
(Let it be perpetual)
Oregon Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
Illinois State sovereignty, national union Pennsylvania Virtue, Liberty, and Independence
Indiana The Crossroads of America Rhode Island Hope
Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain South Carolina Dum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati
(While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource)
Kansas Ad astra per aspera
(To the stars through difficulties)
South Dakota Under God the people rule
Kentucky United we stand, divided we fall Tennessee Agriculture and Commerce
Louisiana Union, justice, confidence Texas Friendship
Maine Dirigo
(I lead)
Utah Industry
Maryland Fatti maschii, parole femine
(Manly deeds, womanly words)
Vermont Freedom and Unity
Massachusetts Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
(By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Virginia Sic semper tyrannis
(Thus always to tyrants)
Michigan Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
Washington Al-ki
(By and by)
Minnesota L'Étoile du Nord
(The star of the North)
West Virginia Montani semper liberi
(Mountaineers are always free)
Mississippi Virtute et armis
(By valor and arms)
Wisconsin Forward
Missouri Salus populi suprema lex esto
(Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
Wyoming Equal Rights

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