Colorado State Motto

Colorado Motto

Nil sine Numine

Colorado’s state motto is “Nil sine Numine” which translates to “Nothing without the Deity”. It is also part of the state seal.

This Latin phrase is often translated to “Nothing without Providence” but in a government committee report it was specifically conveyed that the original designers of the Colorado state seal intended the translation to be “Deity” instead of “Providence”. “Numine” in Latin is used for any divinity, god, or goddess. The Colorado motto is credited to William Gilpin, first territorial governor of Colorado.