Kansas State Motto

Ad astra per aspera

Through hardships to the stars

The state motto of Kansas is "Ad astra per aspera," which is Latin for "Through hardships to the stars." Adopted in 1861, this motto reflects the state's historical struggles and its determination to overcome challenges. It encapsulates the pioneering spirit and resilience of the people of Kansas, emphasizing their pursuit of lofty goals despite facing adversities. The phrase is a testament to the optimism and perseverance that have been integral to the state's identity throughout its history.