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This is a collection of sayings that were commonly found on wooden plaques in novelty shops in western North Carolina.
Clark discusses the origin of North Carolina's motto, \"Esse Quam Videri,\" which means \"to be rather than to seem.\"
The North Carolina state motto Esse Quam Videri was adopted to express the honest character of North Carolinians. Translated as ‘to be rather than to seem,’ it was adopted in 1893 and adorns the North Carolina coat of arms.