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Monday, 18 July 2016


King Edward I of England's motto was "Pactum Serva" (meaning "keep troth"). He later had this transcribed on his tomb.

During the French Revolution, the French government, with its new motto of ‘Liberty, Fraternity, Equality’, voted on March 8, 1790 to keep slavery in its colonies.

After the Revolution, the motto was sometimes written as "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death". The "death" part was later dropped for being too strongly associated with the Reign of Terror.

Text displayed on a placard announcing the sale of biens nationaux (1793).

Today 'Liberty, Fraternity, Equality’ is the national motto of France and the Republic of Haiti.

Following the death of her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria struggled with her grief. On one particular occasion when feeling suicidal she heard a voice saying, "For his sake, no, still endure". As a consequence the Queen adopted the words "still endure" as a motto.

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's motto was "Fort, nihil difficile." (Nothing is difficult to the strong.)

As a result of the increased religious sensibility arising from the American Civil War, the motto "In God We Trust" appeared for the first time on the two-cent coin in 1864. The motto had been partly inspired by some words in the final verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner," "And this be our motto: In God is our trust."

In 1956 a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God we trust" as the U.S. national motto. Following is adoption, the phrase was inscribed for the first time on all American coins and banknotes.

Thomas Edision's motto which was posted throughout his laboratories was "There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking."

Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers Barcelona FC has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" (More than a club).

The RAF formed 313 Squadron as the third Czech fighter squadron during World War II. Its motto was ‘Jeden jestrab mnoho vran rozhani’, which translates as ‘ One hawk scatters many crows’.

Konstantin Stanislavsky (January 17, 1863 – August 7, 1938) was a Russian actor and theater director whose Stanislavsky system would inspire numerous acting teachers in America. His "emotional memory" technique became a dominant force in film acting, especially in the period after World War II. Stanislavsky's motto was "Think of your own experiences and use them truthfully."

Konstantin  Stanislavsky by Bundesarchiv, Bild Wikipedia Commons

Muhammad Ali was almost as renowned for his flamboyant personality as for his boxing ability. His motto was "I am the greatest!"

The title of the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, was taken from the 1658 motto of the wealthy financier Sir Thomas Bond, who gave his name to Bond Street, London. The phrase also appeared on a dust cover of Ian Fleming's novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which Bond comments that "it is an excellent motto which also certainly adopt."

"Unity in Diversity" was adopted as the European Union's motto on May 4, 2000 following a contest called A Motto for Europe.

"A motto for Europe" contest logo.

In his autobiography With the Century, North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung stated that his motto is "The people are my God.”

The motto of The Magic Society is the Latin indocilis privata loqui, roughly translated as "not apt to disclose secrets."

The motto of the Marine service is Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful" in Latin.

The motto of Harrod's London store is Omnia Omnibus Ubique—"All Things for All People, Everywhere."

The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” which means “The best or nothing."

Idaho's state motto is Esto perpetua, which is Latin for "Let it be forever".

Ohio derived its state motto, "With God, all things are possible", from a passage in the Gospel of Matthew. It prompted a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Maryland's motto is Fatti maschii, parole femine, which is Italian for "Manly deeds, womanly words". Maryland is the only state with a motto in Italian.

New Orleans's official motto is "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"("Let the good times roll!")

The motto of Bogata is "2600 meters closer to the stars" (in reference its altitude above sea level).

The official city motto of Paris is "Fluctuat nec mergitur", meaning "She is tossed by the waves but does not sink."

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