sic semper tyrannis

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  • Thus always to tyrants; tyrannical leaders will inevitably be overthrown.


  • From the Latin sīc semper tyrannis. While the line is sometimes said to have been uttered by Brutus after he assassinated Julius Caesar, the utterance itself is recorded in no ancient sources and appears to be a modern invention.

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