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What does W&L’s motto, non incautus futuri, mean?

March 31, 2010

When you’ve been around for 260 years, it might be tempting to dwell in the past. But at W&L our future is looking pretty bright! Washington and Lee’s motto, “non incautus futuri,” was taken from Horace’s Satires and is translated to mean “not unmindful of the future.” The motto was printed on the Lee family’s crest and, as W&L’s own crest is a blend of both Washington’s and Lee’s family crests, we adopted the phrase as our school motto. It reminds us that, though much of our strength comes from our history and important traditions, we should always be forward-thinking as we prepare our students for life beyond W&L.

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