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is the state motto
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. The motto appears on the back of the 2007 Idaho quarter
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The words are traced back to the Venetian
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theologian and mathematician Paolo Sarpi
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(1552-1623), also known as Fra Paolo
. The day before his death he had dictated three replies to questions on affairs of state, and his last words were "Esto perpetua
" reportedly in reference to his beloved Venice and translated as "Mayest thou endure forever!" When the designer of the state seal
The Seal of the Territory of Idaho was adopted in 1863, and redrawn several times before statehood in 1890. The state Great Seal was designed by Emma Edwards Green, the only woman to design a state seal....
Emma Edwards Green described the motto on the seal, she translated it as "It is perpetuated" or "It is forever".
The motto was also adopted by:
- MS Tireless, Trafalgar Class Submarine Royal Navy
- The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, a farm organization constituted in Washington D.C. on December 4, 1867
- S. Thomas' College
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, Mount Lavinia, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
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, translated as "Be Thou Forever"
- The Pirates Rugby Football Club in Dunedin, New Zealand, which was formed in 1882
- The Sigma Phi Society
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- The Club
- Chatham Hall
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School, Chatham, Virginia, translated as "She will live forever"
- The Winyah Indigo Society, Georgetown, S.C., incorporated 1754.