Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Strength, Adversity, and Courage
They say what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger and stranger. If that's true, then wouldn't you want a permanent reminder of the fact that you survived?
The important thing to remember about quote tattoos is that they can't be too long. Unless you have a huge expanse of skin that you plan on dedicating to the tat (like a forearm, or your entire back), you're going to need to pick a quote that says a whole lot in as few words as possible. It has to be meaningful to you, yet short enough to fit in a small area.
A few years ago my ex wanted to get something I had written tattooed on her in my handwriting. The quote she wanted was 21 words long, and she wanted it somewhere on her inner forearms. As she was already fairly heavily tattooed, there was no criteria such as having to get it on a place that could be easily hidden if need be.
She ended up getting it running lengthwise down her arm next to the word GIRL that was already there. She was lucky. Most people don't have the same flexibility. Maybe your job is too professional for tattoos and piercings, or you don't want your mother to see it. If that's the case, then a quote tattoo can be challenging to find space for.
Another mistake is thinking that you can fit an entire poem (unless it's a haiku) on your wrist simply by shrinking the letters down to a size 5 font. Good tattoo artists will only let you make the lettering so small, because they know that tattoos blend, fade and bleed over time. The smaller the font, the better the chance that you'll be left with a meaningless blob ten years down the road.
I personally did NOT take my tattoo artist's advice when I got my Polish quote on my upper arm and now, 10 years later, what once said "Cokolwiek jest ponad pozadanie ja tomam" now says "cokdlksdfzdjaoma."
I recently went back through the 2,000+ comments I have on my other tattoo articles and tried to identify the most common themes people requested when asking for help with quote ideas. In addition to being a voracious reader, I've been compiling quotes in notebooks and journals since I was 13, so I have tons of inspiration to draw from.
However, if you have any ideas or would like to share a favorite quote of yours, please feel free to comment! The examples I've chosen for this particular article may not resonate with everyone. You might read it and get nothing out of it. But my hope is that something will resonate with someone, somewhere, and the words written here will inspire you to take a step you may not have taken otherwise.
Quotes About Struggle, Strength, Adversity, and Courage
- "Once you awaken, you will have no interest in judging those who sleep." — James Blanchard
- Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- May I be forever grateful that at times, I did not receive that which I truly deserved.
- Turn your wounds into wisdom.
- I may be lying in the gutter, but I'm staring at the stars.
- "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." — Friedrich Nietzsche
- "Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave." — Rainer Maria Rilke
- Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
- Let your joy scream across the pain.
- Thorns and stings And those such things Just make stronger Our angel wings.
- God gave burdens, also shoulders.
- "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle." — Walt Whitman
- "Mine the darkness: see by the path you leave behind." — Andy Young
- "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." — Anais Nin
- "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." — Anais Nin
- "I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?" — Richard Bach
- "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly." — Richard Bach
- "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." — Nietzsche
- Leap and the net will appear.
- Kites rise highest against the wind.
- "Dig as a root digs until you find the motive to grow." — Casey Haymes
- "Come to the edge," he said. They said, "We are afraid." "Come to the edge," he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew. — Apollinaire
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