Massachusetts Motto
By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
The state motto of Massachusetts is "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty" (Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem in Latin).

The Massachusetts state motto was written around the year of 1659 by Algernon Sidney, an English politician and soldier. This interesting mix of 'politician/soldier' may be seen reflected in the Massachusetts motto's message of 'we will fight (the voice of the soldier) for the only type of peace worth it - namely the peace of liberty (the voice of the politician)'.

Algernon Sidney's work "Discourses Concerning Government" 1698 seemingly influenced political thinking at the time and was a source of inspiration to some American colonies. And the Massachusetts state motto is proof that even though the phrase is old the message is still considered important.

The Massachusetts state motto was adopted in 1885.

Other mottos and slogans of Massachusetts:

  • Massachusetts... Make It Yours
  • The Spirit of Massachusetts is the Spirit of America
  • Make It in Massachusetts
  • Its all Here
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Massachusetts:
  • Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)
  • It's Wicked!
  • Now with 30% Fewer Kennedys!
  • Washingston's Outhouse
  • Who Fahted?
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