A motto (derived from the Latin muttum, 'mutter', by way of Italian motto, 'word' or 'sentence')[2][3][4][5] is a sentence or phrase expressing a belief or purpose,[2] or the general motivation or intention of an individual, family, social group, or organisation.[3][5] Mottos (or mottoes)[2] are usually found predominantly in written form (unlike slogans, which may also be expressed orally), and may stem from long traditions of social foundations, or from significant events, such as a civil war or a revolution. A motto may be in any language, but Latin has been widely used, especially in the Western world.

Arms of Brady Brim-DeForest, Baron of Balvaird, with the motto above the crest as is traditional in Scottish heraldry.
Below the arms of Pori is the motto Deus protector noster (Latin for 'God is our protector').[1]

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