Maryland Motto
Strong Deeds, Gentle Words
The state motto of Maryland is "Manly deeds, womanly words" (Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine in Italian).

This Maryland state motto was adopted in 1776 and exists as a part of the state seal.

There are several translations of the Maryland state motto but most widely accepted legal translation is 'Manly deeds, womanly words' from 1975. A translation provided by State Archivist, Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse 1993 is "Strong deeds, gentle words".

Other translations are:

  • "Deeds are men, words are women" (Lord Calvert's day from 1622)
  • "A woman for words and a man for deeds" (Maryland Manual from 1905)
  • "Womanly (Courteous), words and manly deeds" (Maryland Manual from1905)
  • "Deeds are males, words, females" (Maryland Manual from 1939)
  • "Deeds are manly, words are womanly" (Unnamed State Archivist from 1969)
Other mottos and slogans of Maryland:
  • Seize the Day Off
  • America in Miniature
  • More Than You Can Imagine
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Maryland:
  • A Thinking Man's Delaware
  • If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
  • If it Weren't for Washington, You Wouldn't Find Us
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