In Germany, a distinction appears to be drawn between their “Wahlspruche” (i.e. those which are merely dictated by personal choice) and the “armorial mottoes” which remained constantly and heritably attached to the armorial bearings such as the “Gott mit uns” (“God with us”) of Prussia and the “Nihil sine Deus” of Hohenzollern.

A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A. C. Fox-Davies, p. 451

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