Nil sine Numine

Colorado State Motto

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Scenic Colorado: Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods of Colorado Springs, Colorado; photo by Fort Photo on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Motto of Colorado

The official state motto of Colorado is "Nil sine Numine" (Nothing without the Deity). All State Mottos. The Latin motto is featured on Colorado's state seal.

The Latin phrase Nil sine Numine is commonly translated as "Nothing without Providence," but it was specifically stated in a government committee report that the original designers of the Colorado state seal (which includes the phrase Nil sine Numine) intended the translation to be "Nothing without the Deity." Numine is Latin for any divinity, god or goddess (God is a purely anglo-saxon word).

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