Via, Veritas, Vita

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The motto as it appears on the arms of the city of Arad in Romania
The motto also appears on the arms of the University of Glasgow in Scotland

Via, Veritas, Vita (Classical Latin: [ˈwi.a ˈweːritaːs ˈwiːta], Ecclesiastical Latin: [ˈvi.a ˈveritas ˈvita]) is a Latin phrase meaning "The Way, The Truth, The Life" in English. It was said by Jesus Christ when talking about himself and has been used as motto by various educational institutions and governments.


It is found in verse 6 of chapter 14 of the Gospel of John: "5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ 6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’"(New Revised Standard Version) In the Latin Vulgate, it is written as via et veritas et vita.[1]

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It is also the motto of some Canossian schools.


It is the motto used on the coat of arms of Arad, capital of Arad County in Romania. An alternate form (Veritas, Via, Vitae) is used on the provincial seal of the Province of Negros Oriental, one of the provinces in the central part of Philippines.

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