"Esse Quam Videri":
The General Assembly of 1893 (chapter 145) adopted the words "Esse Quam Videri" as the State's motto and directed that these words with the date "20 May, 1775," be placed with our Coat of Arms upon the Great Seal of the State.
The words "Esse Quam Videri" mean "to be rather than to seem." Nearly every State has adopted a motto, generally in Latin. The reason for mottoes being in Latin is that the Latin language is far more condensed and terse than the English. The three words, "Esse Quam Videri," require at least six English words to express the same idea.
It is somewhat unique that until the act of 1893 the sovereign State of North Carolina
had no motto since its declaration of independence. It was one of the few states which did not have a motto and the only one of the original thirteen without one.
State Motto Cryptogram
- Fill in all the letters you know in the puzzle, and then use the "key" up at the top to try to figure out the rest!