Freedom & Unity
"We have a motto which is as contrary as the state of Vermont: Freedom & Unity. The motto was developed to provide Vermonters with a guide to living… and government a reminder of the character of the Vermonter. Freedom of the individual, within the Unity of a community or state. The history of Vermont is a 200 year plus dance trying to balance these two ideals off each other. The writers of Vermont’s Constitution recognized that absolute perfection in both ideals was unattainable, but that the striving for perfection was a laudable goal."