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Over 900 Latin mottos and Latin motto phrases with English translations to explore. A motto (usually in Latin) is a phrase, sentence, or word expressing a principle or ideal of a person or an organisation.
A mari usque ad mare - From sea to sea. (Bible) (Canada)

Ad astra per aspera - To the stars through difficulties. (Kansas)

Ad fontes - To the sources. (Renaissance Humanism)

Ad lucem - Towards the light. (University of Lisbon)

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (AMDG) - For the greater glory of God. (Jesuit Order)

Ad utrumque paratus - Prepared for everything. (Lunds University)

Adspicit lucem in calestis - Seeking light in the heavens. (University of Copenhagen)

Alenda lux ubi orta libertas - Let learning be cherished where liberty has arisen. (Davidson College)

Alis grave nil - Nothing is heavy to those who have wings. (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

Alis volat propiis - She flies with her own wings. (Oregon)

Amat victoria curam - Success loves (favors) those who take pains. (Baylor School) (Catullus)

Amore Ac Studio - Love of Learning. (Bates College) (Charles Sumner)

Ars Gratia Artis - Art for Art's Sake. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Audax at fidelis - Bold but faithful. (Queensland)

Audeamus - Let us dare. (Otago University Students' Association)

Audemus iura nostra defendere - We dare defend our rights. (Alabama)

Audere est facere - To dare is to do. (Tottenham Hotspur)

Aut Caesar, aut nihil - Caesar or nothing. (All or nothing) (Cesare Borgia)

Benedicere, laudare, praedicare - To bless, to praise and to preach. (Dominican Order)

Cedant arma togae - Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law) (Wyoming) (Cicero)

Christo et Doctrinae - For Christ and Learning. (Furman University)

Citius, Altius, Fortius - Swifter, Higher, Stronger. (Modern Olympics)

Civilitas successit barbarum - Civilization succeeds barbarism. (Minnesota)

Concordia Prorsum - Forward In Harmony. (Aylesbury Vale)

Concordia Salus - Salvation through harmony. (Montreal)

Concordia cum veritate - In harmony with truth. (University of Waterloo)

Contemplata aliis tradere - Handing on to others the fruit of our contemplation. (Dominican Order)

Cor ad cor loquitur - Heart speaks to heart. (Newman Clubs)

Crescat scientia, vita excolatur - Let knowledge increase, let life be perfected. (University of Chicago)

Crescit eundo - It grows as it goes. (New Mexico)

Crescite et multiplicamini - Increase and multiply. (Maryland)

Crux spes unica - The cross is the only hope. (Notre Dame University)

Cum Scientia Caritas - Scientific knowledge applied with compassion. (Royal College of General Practitioners)

Cygnus insignis - Distinguished by its swans. (Western Australia)

Dat deus incrementum - God grants the increase. (Westminster School)

De Oppresso Liber - Free From Having Been Oppressed. (US Army Special Forces)

Defensor fortis - Defender of the force. (The United States Air Force Security Force)

Dei sub numine viget - Under God's Spirit she flourishes. (Princeton University)

Deo juvante - With God's help. (Monaco)

Deo vindice - (With) God as (our) protector. (With an avenging God) (Confederate States of America)

Desiderantes meliorem patriam - They desire a better country. (Order of Canada)

Deus (lo) vult! - God wills it!. (Crusades)

Deus lux Mea - God is my light. (Catholic University of America)

Deus nobis fiducia - God is our trust. (George Washington University)

Dirigo - I direct; I arrange. (Maine State)

Disciplina praesidium civitatis - Instruction is the safeguard of the state. (University of Texas)

Ditat Deus - God enriches. (Arizona)

Domine, dirige nos - Lord, direct us. (London)

Dominus illuminatio mea - The Lord is my light. (Oxford University)

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - A sleeping dragon must never be tickled. (Harry Potter's alma mater)

Ducimus - We lead. (Canadian Infantry)

Dum spiramus tuebimur - While we breathe, we shall defend. (U.S. 133rd Field Artillery Regiment)

Dum spiro, spero - While I breathe, I hope. (South Carolina) (Cicero)

Dum vivimus, servimus - While we live, we serve. (Presbyterian College)

Dum vivimus, vivamus - While we live, let us live. (The Epicureans)

E Caelo Nobis Vires - From the Sky to Us Strength. (Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN)

E pluribus unum - From many, one. (One out of many) (United States of America)

En Avant - Forward. (Minneapolis)

Ensenar deleitando - To teach so that learning is enjoyable. (Letra Hispanica)

Erimus - We shall be. (Middlesbrough)

Eruditio et religio - Learning and religion. (Duke University)

Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem. (North Carolina)

Esto perpetua - May she live forever. (Idaho)

Et discere et rerum exquire re causas - Both to learn and to investigate the causes of things. (Georgia)

Ex Diversitate Vires - From Diversity, Strength. (Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH)

Ex Imperiis, Veritas - From Power, Truth. (Scorpio Research Institute)

Ex Unitate Vires - From unity, strength. (South Africa)

Ex astris, Scientia - From the stars, Knowledge. (Starfleet Academy, Star Trek)

Ex luna, scientia - From the moon, knowledge. (Apollo 13)

Ex sciencia tridens - From knowledge, comes (sea) power. (United States Naval Academy)

Excelsior - Ever higher. (Ever upward!) (New York State)

Fac fortia et patere - Do brave deeds and endure. (Prince Alfred College, Adelaide)

Facta, non verba - Actions, not words. (United States Navy Destroyer Squadron 22)

Fide et Amore - By Faith and Love. (Conwy of Bodrhyddan)

Fidei Defensor (FD) - Defender of the faith. (Sovereigns of England since Henry VIII)

Fides quaerens intellectum - Faith seeking understanding. (Saint Anselm)

Floreat regina regina - May it flourish. (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Fluctuat nec mergitur - She wavers and is not immersed. (Paris)

Fortes et liber - Strong and free. (Alberta)

Fortis est veritas - The truth is strong. (Oxford)

Fortes et veritas - Strength and Truth.

Fortitudine et Prudentia - With Strength and Prudence. (Edward, Lord Herbert of Chirbury and Castle Island d. 1648)

Gloriosus et liber - Glorious and free. (Manitoba)

Gradibus ascendimus - Ascending by degrees. (Grey College, Durham)

Gustibus mens dat incremntum - Knowledge enhances sensory preception. (Wine Guild of England)

Hic si stas, hinc eris - Here you stay, here you belong. (Sundial Motto)

Hinc robur et securitas - Hence strength and security. (Swedish National Bank)

Hortus in urbe - A garden in the city. (Chicago Park District)

In Deo speramus - In God we hope. (Brown University)

In arduis fidelis - Faithful in adversity. (Royal Army Medical Corps)

In luce Tua videmus lucem - In Thy light we see light. (Valparaiso University)

In lumine tuo, videbimus lumen - In your light, we shall see light. (Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia Universities)

In somno securitas - In sleep there is safety. (Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland)

In varietate concordia - United in diversity. (European Union)

In via virtuti(s) nulla est via - In the path of virtue there is no path. (Hockleton)

Industria et Probitate - By Work and Integrity. (Ballyclare)

Ingenio et labore - By natural ability and hard work. (University of Auckland)

Justitia omnibus - Justice for all. (District of Columbia)

Justitia, pietas, fides - Justice, piety, loyalty. (Suriname)

Labora Ut Requiescas - Work hard so that ye will rest. (Caulfield Grammar School)

Leges sine moribus vanae - Laws without morals (are) vain. (University of Pennsylvania)

Libertas quae sera tamen - Freedom which (is) however late. (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Libertate unanimus - Unified by freedom. (Netherland Antilles)

Luctor et emergo - I struggle and emerge. (Dutch province of Zeeland)

Lux et lex - Light and law. (Franklin & Marshall College)

Lux et veritas floreant - Let Light and Truth Flourish. (Winnipeg University)

Lux et veritas - Light and Truth. (Yale and Indiana Universities)

Magna Europa est Patria Nostra - Greater Europe is our (common) Fatherland. (Pan-Europeanists)

Meliora - Better. (Carrying the connotation of 'always better') (University of Rochester)

Memento mori - Remember your mortality. (Remember to die) (Friars of Trappa)

Mens agitat molem - The mind moves the mass. (Oregon, Warwick and Eindhoven Universities) (Virgil)

Mens et Manus - Mind and Hand. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Montani Semper Liberi - Mountaineers are Always Free. (West Virginia)

Multis e gentibus vires - From many peoples, strength. (Saskatchewan)

Munit haec et altera vincit - One defends and the other conquers. (Nova Scotia)

Naturam primum cognoscere rerum - First, to learn the nature of things. (Australian National University)

Nec Dei, Nec Domini - No Gods – No Masters. (Margaret Sanger, 1914)

Nemo me impune lacessit - No one provokes me with impunity. (1984 Scottish Pound) (Kings of Scotland)

Nihil Sine Deo - Nothing without God. (Romania)

Nihil Sine Deus - Nothing without God. (Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Royal Family)

Nil desperandum auspice deo - When God is on our side there is no cause for despair. (Sunderland)

Nil desperandum - Never give up. (Conway House, Marist College Canberra) (Horace)

Nil nisi malis terrori - No terror, except to the bad. (King's School, Macclesfield)

Nil satis nisi optimum - Nothing but the Best is Good Enough. (Everton Football Club)

Nil sine numine - Nothing without the divine will; Nothing without providence. (Colorado State) (Virgil)

Noli nothis permittere te terere - Don't let the bastards wear you down. (Mock Latin 'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)

Non Vi Sed Saepe Cadendo - Not By Strength But Often By Applying Oneself. (William Penn College, Oskaloosa, IA)

Non ducor duco - I am not led; I lead. (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Non impediti ratione congitatonis - Unencumbered by the thought process. (Radio show Car Talk)

Nulli expugnabilis hosti - Conquered By No Enemy. (Gibraltar)

Nulli secundus (Nulli secunda) - Second to none. (Coldstream Guards)

Nullius in verba - (Rely) on the word of no man. (Royal Society) (Horace)

Nunc aut numquam - Now or never. (Sir Thomas Hanmer)

Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas - Happy the city where citizens obey. (Dublin)

Omnia Bona Bonis - To the good all things are good. (Harwich)

Ora et labora - Pray and work. (Benedictine Order)

Orbis non sufficit - The world is not enough. (Sir Thomas Bond)

Ordo ab chao - Out of chaos, comes order. (Craft Freemasonry)

Orta recens quam pura nites - Newly risen, how bright thou shinest. (New South Wales)

Parva sub ingenti - The small under the huge. (Prince Edward Island)

Pax et bonum! - Peace and the good. (Saint Francis of Assisi)

Pax et lux - Peace and light. (Tufts University)

Per Mare per Terram - By Sea and by Land. (Royal Marines)

Per ardua ad astra - Through adversity to the stars. (RAAF, RAF, RNZAF and RCAF)

Per aspera ad astra - The hard way towards the stars. (Kansas, NASA) (Seneca)

Per veritatem vis - Through truth, strength. (Washington University, St. Louis)

Plus ultra - Further beyond. (Spain)

Post tenebras lux - After the darkness comes the light. (Protestant Reformation)

Pro Brasilia fiant eximia - Let exceptional things be made for Brazil. (Sao Paulo State, Brazil)

Pro Deo et patria - For God and Country. (American university)

Pro mundi beneficio - For the benefit of the world. (Panama)

Pro patria - For one's country. (Swedish Order of the Sword, Svardsorden)

Qua patet orbis - As far as the world extends. (Royal Netherlands Marine Corps)

Quaecumque vera - Whatever is true. (Bible) (Alberta University)

Quaerite primum regnum Dei - Seek ye first the kingdom of God. (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Qui docet in doctrina - He that teacheth, on teaching. (University of Chester)

Qui transtulit sustinet - He who is transplanted is still sustained. (Connecticut)

Quis separabit? - Who will separate us?. (Order of St Patrick)

Quo fas et gloria ducunt - Whither right and glory lead. (Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery)

Quo fata ferunt - Whither the fates lead us. (Bermuda)

Recti cultus pectora roborant - Sound learning strengthens the spirit. (Bishop's University, Quebec)

Regnat populus - Let the People rule. (Arkansas)

Rerum cognoscere causas - To learn the causes of things. (Universities of Sheffield and Guelph)

Rex regum fidelum et - King even of faithful kings. (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

Salus populi suprema lex esto - Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law. (Missouri) (Cicero)

Sapere aude! - Dare to be wise!. (University of New Brunswick) (Horace)

Sapientia Manaque Apta - Wisdom and a Skillful Hand. (Canadian Association of General Surgeons)

Sapientia et Virtus - Wisdom and Virtue. (University of Hong Kong)

Semper Vigilans - Always Vigilant. (Civil Air Patrol)

Semper aliquid novi Africa affert - Africa is always producing some novelty. (South African Museum)

Semper fidelis - Always faithful. (United States Marine Corps and H.M.S. Exeter)

Semper paratus - Always prepared. (The United States Coast Guard)

Semper reformanda - Always being reformed. (A shortened form of a Protestant Reformation)

Servo Fidem - I keep the faith. (Marist College, Canberra)

Si me perdis, te perdam - Waste me and I'll waste you. (Sundial Motto)

Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice - If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. (Michigan)

Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc - We gladly feast on those who would subdue us. (The Addams Family)

Sic itur ad astra - Such is the pathway to the stars. (The Canadian Air Force) (Virgil)

Sic semper tyrannis - Thus always to tyrants. (A statement often accompanying a regicide) (Virginia)

Signum Fidei - Sign of our faith. (Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools)

Sol tibi signa dabit - The sun will give you signs. (Sundial Motto) (Virgil)

Sola Gratia - By Grace Alone. (Protestant Reformation)

Soli Deo Gloria - Glory to God alone. (Protestant Reformation)

Spem reduxit - He has restored hope. (New Brunswick)

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus - We hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes. (Detroit)

Spiritus ubi vult spirat - The spirit spreads wherever it wants. (Cayetano Heredia University)

Splendor sine occasu - Brightness without setting. (Splendor without diminishment) (British Columbia)

Stamus Contra Malum - We fight against the evil. (Jungle Parol, The Phantom)

Strenuis ardus cedunt - The heights yield to endeavor. (University of Southampton)

Sua sponte - By its own accord. (U.S. Army Rangers)

Sub Cruce Lumen - The light (of learning) under the (Southern) Cross. (University of Adelaide)

Sub umbra floreo - Under the shade I flourish. (Belize)

Super Ardua - Let us overcome our difficulties. (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)

Surgam - I shall rise. (Columbia University's Philolexian Society)

Suum cuique - To each his own. (Prussia)

Technica impendi nationi - Technology impulses nations. (Technical University of Madrid)

Tentanda via - The way must be tried. (York University)

Terra Marique - By land and sea. (Newport)

Terras Irradient - Let them give light to the world. (Amherst College)

Tuebor - I will protect. (Michigan State)

Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum - Support the faithful and serve the poor. (Knights Hospitaller)

Ubertas et fidelitas - Fertility and faithfulness. (Tasmania)

Ubicumque Felix - Always happy. (Napoleon, in times of despair and loss)

Ubique - Everywhere. (The Royal Engineers and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery)

Unaquaeque optio exitum habet - Every choice has consequences. (Danish)

Urbs In Horto - City in a Garden. (Chicago)

Ut Omnes Videant - So That All May See. (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)

Ut Prosint Omnibus Conjuncti - United for the common good. (Adelaide)

Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet - Loyal she began, and loyal she remains. (Ontario)

Ut prosim - That I may serve. (Virginia State University)

Ventis secundis - With a favorable wind. (H.M.S. Hood)

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (VDMA) - The Word of the Lord Endures Forever. (Lutheran Reformation)

Veritas Lux Mea - The truth enlightens me; The truth is my light. (Seoul National University)

Veritas omnia vincit - Truth defeats all things. (Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario)

Veritas unitas caritas - Truth, Unity, Love. (Villanova University)

Veritas vos liberabit - The truth will set you free. (Bible) (Johns Hopkins University)

Veritas, Christo et Ecclesiae - Truth for Christ and the Church. (Harvard University)

Veritas - Truth. (Dominican Order)

Vi virtute virens - Flourishing in strength and virtue. (Wynne of Foelas early 17th c.)

Victoria Concordia Crescit - Victory comes from harmony. (Arsenal FC)

Vincat Scientia Morbos - Let knowledge conquer disease. (Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons)

Vires Artes Mores - Strength, Arts, Morals. (Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)

Vires acquirit eundo - We gather strength as we go. (Melbourne) (Virgil)

Virtus sola nobilitat - Virtue alone ennobles. (Waverley College NSW)

Virtus unita fortior - Strength united is stronger. (Andorra)

Virtus unita fortis agit - United we act stronger. (Engineering College of the University of Porto (FEUP))

Virtute et armis - By virtue and arms. (Mississippi)

Virtute, vi, et armis - With virtue, strength, and arms. (John Salesbury of Saithmarchog 1622)

Vis unita maior nunc et semper - Unity is the biggest strength, now and forever. (Kingdom of Portugal)

Vita donum dei - Life is the gift of God. (Royal College of Midwives)

Vita, Veritas, Victoria - Life, Truth, Victory. (Derry/Londonderry)

Vox clamantis in deserto - A voice crying in the wilderness. (Dartmouth College)