South Carolina State Motto

Dum spiro spero

While I breathe, I hope

The state motto of South Carolina is "Dum Spiro Spero," which translates from Latin to "While I breathe, I hope." This motto reflects the enduring spirit of optimism and resilience, emphasizing the idea that as long as one is alive, there is hope for a better future. Adopted in 1776, the motto has deep historical roots and remains an integral part of South Carolina's identity, encapsulating the state's commitment to perseverance and optimism in the face of challenges.