Maine Motto
I Direct
The state motto of Maine is "I Direct" (Dirigo in Latin).

The Maine state motto appears on the state seal and state flag.

The "Polar Star" on the state seal has a unique symbolic meaning when combined with the Maine motto. The following paragraph provides some insight:

" the Polar Star has been considered the mariner's guide and director in conducting the ship over the pathless ocean to the desired haven, and as the center of magnetic attraction; as it has been figuratively used to denote the point, to which all affections turn, and as it is here intended to represent the State, it may be considered the citizens' guide, and the object to which the patriot's best exertions should be directed."

In this way the Polar star is compared to Maine, both viewed as 'guides'. In other words, they represent a certain place of reference and trust that will always be there - hence the Maine state motto: "I guide".

Other mottos and slogans of Maine:

  • Worth A Visit, Worth A Lifetime
  • There is More to Maine
  • The Way Life Should Be
  • It must be Maine
  • Where America's Day Begins
  • Vacationland
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Maine:
  • We're Really Cold But We Have Cheap Lobster
  • I'm the Maine Man
  • If Anyone Asks We're Part of Canada
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