Virginia State Motto

Sic semper tyrannis

Thus always to tyrants

The state motto of Virginia is "Sic Semper Tyrannis," which translates to "Thus Always to Tyrants" in English. This Latin phrase is well-known and has historical significance. It is often attributed to Marcus Junius Brutus and was famously uttered by John Wilkes Booth after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The motto reflects Virginia's commitment to resisting tyranny and oppression, emphasizing the state's dedication to the principles of freedom and self-governance. The motto is prominently featured on the state seal of Virginia and underscores the Commonwealth's historical role in the fight for independence and individual liberties.