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A list of some of the quotations and inscriptions found in the buildings on Capitol Hill.

Cox Corridors

Dirksen Senate Office Building

On entablature beneath the pediment on the First Street facade of building:

House Chamber

  • "We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
    — Preamble of the Constitution of the United States
  • "In God we trust."
  • "Let us develope the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests and see whether we also in our day and generation may not perform something worthy to be remembered."
    — Daniel Webster
  • Front of first tier on Rostrum: "Union, Justice, Tolerance, Liberty, Peace."
  • Above flag behind speaker (on gallery) over Rostrum: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (Out of many, one)

Prayer Room

  • "Annuit coeptis" (God has favored our undertakings)
  • "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust."
    — Psalm 16:1

Senate Chamber

  • Over east doorway:
    "Annuit coeptis" (God has favored our undertakings)
  • Over south entrance:
    "In God we trust"
  • Over west doorway:
    "Novus ordo seclorum" (A new order of the ages [is born])
  • Panel behind vice president's chair:
    "E pluribus unum" (Out of many, one)