The mottos of all fifty states in the US are representative of what each state values the most. The purpose of each state motto is to give a voice to the individual states and show what the state believes at its core. The motto of each state is different from the slogan of the states.
State slogans are intended to welcome visitors and assist with tourism rates in the given states, whereas mottos are meant to paint a picture of the state and its principles.
Below, you will find each of the fifty US states as well as their respective state motto and abbreviation.
|Oro Y Plata
|Gold and Silver
This motto is in tandem with Montana's state nickname, "The Treasure State," both named for the stat...
|Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere
|We Dare Maintain Our Rights
|The People Rule
|Nil Sine Numine
|Nothing without Providence
|Qui Transtulit Sustinet
|He Who Transplanted Sustains
According to Connecticut's state government site, possible origins trace to the psalm "Thou hast bro...
|District of Columbia
|Justice for All
|Let It Be Perpetual
|Ad Astra Per Aspera
|To the Stars Through Difficulties
This is aptly illustrated on the state seal, which depicts a farm below a sky of stars.
|I Direct or I guide
|Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
|By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty
|Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice
|If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You
|Virtute et Armis
|By Valor and Arms
|Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto
|The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law
The exact translation has been debated but was originally intended to mean "Let the good of the peop...
|It Grows as It Goes
|Esse Quam Videri
|To Be, Rather than To Seem
|Labor Omnia Vincit
|Hard Work Conquers All Things
Only 38% of Oklahoma residents could identify the motto, a 2021 survey found. A 2012 Oklahoma House ...
|Alis Volat Propriis
|She Flies with Her Own Wings
|Animis Opibusque Parati; Dum Spiro Spero
|Prepared in Mind and Resources; While I Breathe, I Hope
South Carolina has two state mottos that appear on the state seal in two ovals. The first is "Animis...
|Stella Quarta Decima Fulgeat
|May the Fourteenth Star Shine Bright
|Sic Semper Tyrannis
|Thus Always to Tyrants
|Montani Semper Liberi
|Mountaineers are Always Free
A 2007 vote also established "Wild, Wonderful" as West Virginia's state slogan.
|Fatti Maschi, Parole Femmine
|Manly Deeds, Womanly Words
|Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono
|The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness
Hawaii's state motto comes from King Kamehameha III in 1843 and was uttered as the Hawaiian flag ros...
|I Found It
This has been California's state motto since 1963, but the word has appeared on the state seal since...
|L’etoile du Nord
|The Star of the North
|North to the Future
Chosen in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial to represent "Alaska as a land of promise."
|Liberty and Independence
The state also adopted a tourist slogan in 2015, "Delaware: Endless Discoveries.
|In God We Trust
|Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
|State Sovereignty, National Union
|The Crossroads of America
|Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain
|United We Stand, Divided We Fall
It comes from "Liberty Song" by John Dickinson, a song from 1768 that Kentucky's first governor was ...
|Union, Justice, and Confidence
|Equality Before the Law
|All for Our Country
|Live Free or Die
Comes from a statement written by Revolutionary General John Stark
|Liberty and Prosperity
The state also voted on the slogan "New Jersey: Come See For Yourself" in 2006 to attract tourists
|Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
According to ND.gov, this was also the motto of the Dakota Territory, the unorganized states of Nort...
|With God, All Things are Possible
Ohio's state motto is "With God, All Things Are Possible," decided after a 12-year-old boy won a con...
|Virtue, Liberty, and Independence
The state also created the slogan "Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer" in 2016 to garner tourists but q...
|Under God the People Rule
The state also has a motto that accompanies its state flower, the American Pasque. According to the ...
|Agriculture and Commerce
Tennessee's state motto has been "Agriculture and Commerce" since 1801 because of the state's large ...
According to the Texas State Historical Association, the word was chosen in 1930 because the state n...
According to Utah History Encyclopedia, the motto became official in 1959 and was chosen because of ...
This was chosen in 1851 when the state seal and coat of arms were revised.
The state is also nicknamed "Equality State," as it was the first territory in the U.S. to give wome...
|By and By
Washington has a territorial motto, but it's never been formally adopted by the legislature, its sta...