Hope - Rhode Island's state motto; photo by Micah Laaker on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).
Official State Motto of Rhode Island
The official state motto of Rhode Island is simply "Hope." The state motto appears on the arms of the state, which appear on the great seal and state flag of Rhode Island. All State Mottos
The use of the word "Hope" was probably inspired by the biblical phrase "hope we have as an anchor of the soul."