What does "ordem e progresso" mean?


"Ordem e progresso" is Portuguese for "order and progress." These words are Brazil's motto and are emblazoned across the country's national flag.

The phrase "ordem e progresso" is an adaptation of part of a quote written by Auguste Comte, a French philosopher and social theorist who founded sociology and a thought system known as positivism. Comte wrote "L'amour pour principe et l'ordre pour base; le progress pour but," which means "Love as a principle and order as the basis; progress as the goal."

In 1889, a republic was declared in Brazil after a group of military leaders ousted Emperor Dom Pedro II. The republic's new leaders were avid followers of Comte's ideas and theories and used the final words of Comte's quote to inspire Brazil's new motto. This phrase was also incorporated into the newly designed national flag.

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