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Great Seal of Idaho with the state motto "esto perpetua."

Esto perpetua (Latin "Let it be perpetual") is the state motto of Idaho. The motto appears on the back of the 2007 Idaho quarter.

The words are traced back to the Venetian theologian and mathematician Paolo Sarpi (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 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:


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