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Spectemur agendo

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Spectemur Agendo is a Latin motto meaning Let us be judged by our acts.


It comes originally from Book XIII of Ovid's Metamorphoses where it is attributed to the hero Ajax:

Denique (quid verbis opus est?) spectemur agendo!

which is literally translated as

Finally (what is the use of words?) let us be judged by the doing [sc. deeds]!

Zambian Institutions[edit]

In Zambia, it is the motto of a National Technical Secondary School Hillcrest National Technical Secondary School. (Let Us By Our Deeds Be Judged)

Canadian institutions[edit]

It was the ship's motto of HMCS Qu'Appelle (DDE 264), with the translation Let us be judged by our actions.

United Kingdom institutions[edit]

In the United Kingdom, it was first adopted as the motto of The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) regiment of the British Army. It is the current Motto for A Company of the Royal Irish Regiment

It is the civic motto of:

Spectemur agendo is also the motto of:

and was once the motto of Dishforth Police Training Centre. The motto was then adopted by the North Eastern Police Training Centre at Durham, which opened when Disforth closed.

Spectemur Agendo was also the motto of the following institutions:

United States institutions[edit]

In the United States, it is the motto of several college student organizations including:

It is the Motto found on the challenge coin of Medic One paramedics.

It is the official motto of:

Sweet Briar College uses it as the class motto every four years. Their translation is We are proven by our actions

Australian institutions[edit]

New Zealand Schools[edit]

South African institutions[edit]

Dutch schools[edit]


  • A German freemason lodge in Düsseldorf.


  • The high school Polo Tecnico Scientifico Brutium in Cosenza - newly created in a.y. 2020-21 merging several high schools, including former "Pezzullo" Scientific Lyceum - applies this motto in the logo appearing in their official letterhead.

Family motto[edit]

'Spectemur agendo' is and has been used as a motto by armigerous families including the Earls of Shannon and Viscounts Clifden, and individuals including Edward Hussey-Montagu, 1st Earl Beaulieu, Thomas McClure, and Admiral Edward Thornbrough.[6] It is also used by the German "von Hammerstein [de]" family.


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  2. ^ "344 (Fulham) Squadron ATC - The Next Generation". www.theaircadets.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Home". albionfc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Spectemur Agendo - Freimaurerloge in Düsseldorf". www.spectemur-agendo.de.
  5. ^ "Barnsley Table Tennis - Home". www.barnsleytabletennis.com.
  6. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Bernard Burke, Harrison & Sons, 1884, pp. 6, 111, 523, 636, 1009