Maine State Motto


I lead

The state motto of Maine is "Dirigo," which is a Latin word meaning "I direct" or "I lead." Adopted in 1820 when Maine became a state, the motto reflects the state's spirit of independence and self-reliance. It signifies Maine's role as a leader in pursuing its own path and making decisions for the welfare of its residents. The term "Dirigo" is prominently featured on the state seal and represents an enduring symbol of Maine's unique identity and historical significance.