I love a good motto and there are definitely some interesting ones across our 50 states. Here is a list of all 50 state mottos.

Alabama

“Audemus jura nostra defendere” meaning “We dare defend our rights”

Alaska

“North to the future”

Arizona

“Ditat Deus” meaning “God Enriches” 

Arkansas

“Regnat populus” meaning “The People Rule”

California

“Eureka” 

Colorado

“Nil sine numine” meaning “Nothing without the Deity” 

Connecticut

“Qui transtulit sustinet” meaning “He who is transplanted still sustains”

Delaware

“Liberty and Independence”

Florida

“In God We Trust”

Georgia

“Wisdom, Justice, Moderation”

Hawaii

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” commonly translated as The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

Idaho

“Esto Perpetua” meaning “Let it be perpetual” 

Illinois

“State Sovereignty, National Union”

Indiana 

“Crossroads of America”

Iowa

“Our liberties we prize and our rights we will remain”

Kansas

“Ad astra per aspera” meaning “To the Stars through Difficulties”

Kentucky

“United we stand, divided we fall”

Louisiana

“Union, Justice and Confidence”

Maine

“Dirigo” meaning “I direct”

Maryland

“Fatti maschii, parole femine” meaning “Manly deeds, womanly words” but is often referred to as “Strong actions, gentle words”

Massachusetts

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” meaning “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”

Michigan

“Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” meaning “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”

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Minnesota

L’Étoile du Nord” meaning “The Star of the North”

Mississippi

Virtute et Armis” meaning “By valor and arms”

Missouri

Salus populi suprema lex esto” meaning “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law”

Montana

“Oro y plata” meaning “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” meaning “Grow as it goes”

New York

“Excelsior” meaning “Ever Upward”

North Carolina

“Esse quam videri” meaning “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 omnia vincit” meaning “Labor Conquers All Things”

Oregon

“She Flies With Her Own Wings”

Pennsylvania

“Virtue, liberty, and independence”

Rhode Island

“Hope”

South Carolina

“Dum spiro spero– Animis Opibusque Parati” meaning “While I Breathe, I Hope- Prepared in Mind and Resources”

South Dakota

“Under God the people rule”

Tennessee

“Agriculture and Commerce” 

Texas

“Friendship”

Utah

“Industry”

Vermont

“Freedom and Unity”

Virginia

“Sic semper tyrannis” meaning “Thus Always to Tyrants”

Washington

“Into the Future”

West Virginia

“Montani semper liberi” meaning “Mountaineers Are Always Free”

Wisconsin

“Forward”

Wyoming

“Equal Rights”

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