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Dum Spiro, Spero

This quotation by Cicero is perhaps my favorite Latin quote of all time.  Short, simple, and yet profound.  It means “while I breathe, I hope.”  What a beautiful testament to the indomitable human spirit.  This wonderful quote was adopted as the state motto of South Carolina in 1776.  The quotation also appears on the Great Seal of South Carolina along with two other Latin phrases.

There are 25 different states in the U.S.A. whose state mottoes are Latin, many are quotations taken from the ancients.  Latin Alive! Book 1 introduces a state motto at the beginning of each chapter.   The TE guides teachers and students not only through a history of the phrase, but also through an exploration of the state seals and the classical images they bear.

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