Salus populi suprema lex esto

Legal maxim by Cicero

Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin "The safety of the people should be the supreme law," or "The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law") is found in Cicero's De Legibus (book III, part III, sub. VIII).[1] It is the state motto of Missouri.[2] It is part of its state seal.[3]


It is the motto of:


  1. Gabriel Adeleye; Kofi Acquah-Dadzie, World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions: A Resource for Readers and Writers (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1999), p. 351
  2. Mark Walker, Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life (Stroud: History Press, 2010), p. 64
  3. Office of the Secretary of State, Official Manual of the State of Missouri (Jefferson City, 1899), p. 438