State mottos and nicknames

Monday, September 9, 2013

A motto is a brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal. Mottos can guide the beliefs of an individual, organization, or institution. For example, a coach's motto might be "Never give up." The motto of the United States itself is "In God We Trust."

Interestingly, each of the 50 states in the USA has their own motto. California's state motto "Eureka... I have found it!" refers to the discovery of gold in California. The motto for my state of Wisconsin is "Forward" which seems a little boring yet positive. New Hampshire's "Live Free Or Die" is a quote from a toast by General John Stark, New Hampshire's most distinguished hero of the Revolutionary War.

More amusing are state nicknames which are lighter and share more character of the land than the serious mottos. Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 lakes," New Jersey is "The Garden State," and California is "The Golden State," to name a few.

These mottos and nicknames indicate pride for the land and our country's history. Do regions in your country have mottos or nicknames?/

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