Idaho State Motto

Idaho Motto

Esto Perpetua


The state motto of Idaho is the Latin phrase “Esto Perpetua,” which means “Let it be Perpetual.”

The words, “Esto Perpetua” can be traced back to the 16th-century Venetian theologian and mathematician Pietro Sarpi. “Esto perpetua” were his last words that were reportedly about his beloved Venice and translated as “Mayest thou endure forever!” Idaho’s motto appears on the state quarter, the great seal, and the state flag.