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Arizona State Motto
Adopted in 1863; 1912.
Originator: Richard Cunningham McCormick, 1863
Ditat Deus [dee-taht
English dahy-tat dee-uh
s, dey-uh s] has been translated as: "God Enriches." The motto has remains unchanged since its introduction by Richard Cunningham McCormick in 1864. The motto is an expression, most likely biblical in origin, of a very deep religious sentiment. A shield with the motto
Ditat Deus, which means God Enriches, lies in the center of the seal and contains symbols of Arizona's key enterprises.
Arizona's motto, Ditat Deus, meaning God enriches, is in all probability derived from Genesis 14:23 of the Latin Vulgate Version of the Bible.
Ditat Deus served as the motto of the Arizona Territory from 1863 to 1912 and has served as the motto of the State of Arizona since 1912. It
is displayed on the current Great Seal of Arizona.
There are four states with mottos that mention "God." Most people would probably regard them as being religious mottos:
- Arizona: "Ditat Deus" This means "God Enriches in Latin."
- Florida: "In God We Trust." -- identical to the current national motto
- Ohio: "With God, All Things Are Possible." This is a direct biblical quotation from the King James Version of Matthew 19:25-26: "When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
- South Dakota: "Under God, The People Rule."
There are three other states with mottos that make reference to "God."
- Colorado: "Nothing Without Providence"
- Connecticut: "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains"
- Maine: "I Direct"
Arizona Constitution, Article 22, Section 20.
Article 22. SCHEDULE AND MISCELLANEOUS.
Section 20. Design of state seal.
20. Design of state seal Section 20. The seal of the State shall be of the following design: In the
background shall be a range of mountains, with the sun rising behind the peaks thereof, and at the right
side of the range of mountains there shall be a storage reservoir and a dam, below which in the middle
distance are irrigated fields and orchards reaching into the foreground, at the right of which are cattle
grazing. To the left in the middle distance on a mountain side is a quartz mill in front of which and in the
foreground is a miner standing with pick and shovel. Above this device shall be the motto: "Ditat Deus." In
a circular band surrounding the whole device shall be inscribed: "Great Seal of The State of Arizona", with
the year of admission of the State into the Union.
Mottos of the States
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.