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Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Life

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Tattooed Quotes About Life

Tattooed Quotes About Life

Quote Tattoos

After writing dozens of articles on tattoo ideas showcasing mostly pictures of tattoos, I noticed that readers weren't asking what to say, but how to say it. In other words, they had the main idea but wanted more poetic or powerful language to express it.

I went back through all 2,000+ comments on my tattoo articles to identify readers' most common requests, and they mostly wanted quote ideas. Like Lindsay, who said "I want some sort of Latin script with a phrase having to do with karma." Or Jesso, who said "I have a colourful fish on my left lower back, but next I want a script . . . just what I don't know . . . something positive to remind me every day is mine, I am in control of my destiny."

"Here's to the fast times—The times we felt alive."

"Here's to the fast times—The times we felt alive."

Design Considerations for Quotation Tattoos

The tricky thing 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's short enough to fit in a small area.

A few years ago, my girlfriend 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 forearm. As she is already fairly heavily tattooed, she did not worry about getting it on a place that could be easily hidden. She ended up getting it running lengthwise down her arm.

But 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, a quote tattoo can be challenging to find space for.

How Big or Small Can the Quote Be?

If you think you're going to fit an entire poem on your wrist by shrinking to a size 5 font, you're mistaken. Unless it's a haiku, maybe. But even the best tattoo artists can only make lettering so small. Plus everyone knows that tattoos blend, fade, and bleed over time, so the smaller the font, the better the chance that you'll be left with a meaningless blob ten years down the road.

So although there are millions of wonderful quotes about the meaning of life, below I've tried to include only the ones that are on the shorter side while still being meaningful.

Life motto tattoo: "Live the life you have imagined."

Life motto tattoo: "Live the life you have imagined."

My Favorite Quotes Tattoos About Love of Life and Living

As a voracious reader, I've been compiling quotes in notebooks and journals since I was 13. Below, you will find my list of the best quotes about life and living that could make great tattoos.

  • I was throbbing; it shook the bed. I was more alive than I could bear.
  • Live to the point of tears.
  • We do not remember the days, we remember the moments. — Pavese
  • I beg have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Do not search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. — Rilke
  • Nothing is worth more than this day. — Goethe
  • Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. — Rumi
  • Before I almost used to think there was something wrong. Everybody else seemed to have the brakes on. A scene in a movie, a voice, a phrase was not for them volcanic. I never feel the brakes. I overflow." — Anais Nin
  • Love the life you live, don't live the life you love. — Chicago
  • La vita e bella; la vita e amore. (Life is beautiful; life is love.) — Life is Beautiful
  • Living well is the best revenge.
  • Just remember, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour. And I know sour, which allows me to appreciate the sweet. — Vanilla Sky
  • Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around. — Vanilla Sky
  • He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Unbeing dead isn't being alive. — e.e. cummings
  • “We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
  • “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” — Will Rogers
  • "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” — Coco Chanel
  • “If you can’t beat the fear, just do it scared.” — Glennon Doyle Melton
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage.” — Brené Brown
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost" from the song "Seize the Day" by Avenged Sevenfold

"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost" from the song "Seize the Day" by Avenged Sevenfold

Life Mottoes That Make Great Tattoos

These short, powerful life mottoes would make great tattoos. Each of these quotes fits a lot of meaning into a few words, which makes them very tattooable.

  • Be kind; you never know the battles others are fighting.
  • Be the change you want to see in the world.
  • Live each day as if it were your last.
  • The grass is green where you water it.
  • Thick skin, flexible mind, elastic heart.
  • Breathe in courage, breathe out fear.
  • This too shall pass.
  • I am what I do.
  • Tomorrow is another day.
  • Act or accept.
  • You can do anything, but not everything.
  • I am enough.
  • Less is more.
  • Progress, not perfection.
  • Take another step.
  • Sleep for dreams; awake with purpose.
  • What you aren’t changing, you’re choosing.
  • Pick your battles wisely.
  • You already have what it takes.
  • Justice delayed is justice denied.
  • Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
  • We are more than our mistakes.
  • Tomorrow is another day.
  • Fake it til you make it.
  • We are all works in progress.
  • First things first.
  • Think before you speak.

Tattooable Life Quotes From Songs

Below you'll find some great quotable lyrics that could make great tattoos. Again, I suggest using only a word, phrase, or small part of the lyric for a tattoo.

  • "There will be an answer; let it be" The Beatles, "Let It Be"
  • "You can't always get what you want / But if you try sometime, you'll find / You get what you need" The Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  • "When the day is long / And the night, the night is yours alone / When you're sure you've had enough / Of this life, well, hang on / Don't let yourself go / 'Cause everybody cries / And everybody hurts / Sometimes" R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts"
  • "I see skies of blue and clouds of white / The bright and blessed day, the dark sacred night / And I think to my self what a wonderful world" Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"
  • "Imagine all the people / Sharing all the world" John Lennon, "Imagine"
  • "Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet? / And did you finally get the chance / to dance along the light of day / and head back to the Milky Way?" Train, "Drops of Jupiter"
  • "Me, myself, and I / that's all I got in the end / that's what I found out / And it ain't no need to cry / I took a vow that from now on / I'm gon' be my own best friend." Beyoncé, "Me, Myself, and I"
  • "Burn your fire for no witness / it’s the only way it’s done / Fierce and light and young / hit the ground and run." Angel Olsen, "White Fire"
  • "I am the only one now / You may not be around" Angel Olsen, "Unf*** the World"
  • "I will survive! Oh as long as I know how to love I know I will stay alive!" Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Survive"
  • "Get up, stand up! Don’t give up the fight!" Bob Marley, "Get Up Stand Up"
  • "Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did? / Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid / And I'm still standing after all this time / Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind" Elton John, “I’m Still Standing”
  • "You can't start a fire / You can't start a fire without a spark / This gun's for hire / Even if we're just dancin' in the dark" Bruce Springsteen, "Dancing in the Dark"
  • "People say I'm crazy / I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes / Well that's one way to lose / These walking blues" Paul Simon, "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
  • "And you may ask yourself, 'How do I work this?' / And you may ask yourself, 'Where is that large automobile?' / And you may tell yourself, 'This is not my beautiful house' / And you may tell yourself, 'This is not my beautiful wife'" The Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
  • "Is there life on Mars?" David Bowie, "Life on Mars?"
  • "Until the day that is the day that are no more / Until the day the earth starts turning right to left / Until the earth just for the sun denies itself / Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through / Until the day that you are me and I am you" Stevie Wonder, "Always"
  • "Are you ready? Hey, are you ready for this? / Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? / Out of the doorway the bullets rip / To the sound of the beat, yeah" Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"
"It is the rain that will strengthen your soul it will make you whole" from the song "I Have Made Mistakes" by the Oh Hellos.

"It is the rain that will strengthen your soul it will make you whole" from the song "I Have Made Mistakes" by the Oh Hellos.

Deep Quotes for Tattoos

"Do no harm." (The Hippocratic oath)

"We are what we repeatedly do." (Aristotle)

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” (Theophrastus)

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” (Aesop)

"The journey is the reward." (Tao saying)

Proverbs for Tattoos

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Chinese proverb

"He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for." Moroccan proverb

"Vision without action is a daydream." Japanese proverb

“Not my circus, not my monkeys.” Polish proverb

Please, if you have any ideas or would like to share a favorite quote of yours, feel free to comment! The examples I've chosen may not resonate with everyone. 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.

Further Reading

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Top 50 Tattoo Quotes You'll Want in 2022

Wording Tattoo Ideas & Tips: Text, Lettering, Script & Quotes

Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Strength, Adversity, Courage

© 2008 Jaclyn Popola


kay on June 17, 2013:

im getting one that says I will not break but I think I want another one about strength any ideas??

pamela on January 17, 2013:

I have my kids kindergarten autographs on the top if my feet. Best tattoo ever.

H on November 30, 2012:

Nike "Just Do It".. I Do What It Do!!

Love This Part From Lil Waynes Song..

jacqueline on August 03, 2012:

hey guys so i wanna get my first tattoo and i have a few ideas, but was hoping to get some more second opnions on them. What do you think of any of these:

"your heart is free, have the courage to follow it"

"losing your hearts desire is tragic, but gaining your hearts desire is all you can hope for"

"dare to live"

"live a little, love a lot"

"live for love"

"love conquers all"

"keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart"

or i was thinking an infinity sign with the word love incorporated in it

any other suggestions please feel free! thanks! :)

syoung on July 06, 2012:

I want the quote "life is what you make of it" but I don't know where to get it... Any ideas??

Tyler on July 06, 2012:

i want this on the inside of my arm

i didnt choose to live and i wont choose to die but i will choose the middle because the middle is mine


i believe in heaven, but have been to hell, i fear them both, but trust them as well

elizabeth. on June 29, 2012:

i love the quote,

" this is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. "

deffinately getting this.

Just because. on June 18, 2012:

I have a tattoo that says, "I may struggle, but i will survive." with an anchor.

DLayna on June 11, 2012:

I'm getting a feather starting at my rib cage right under my left breast curving up right under my shoulder, that says, alongside the feather

"Wounds will soon be Wisdom" or either "Learn to fly"

Not sure which i want, yet, ideas?

Adam Matulevich on June 01, 2012:

Life............Death (Cursive writing)

Live the Line (cursive writing)

tat on ankle, thoughts? can't put the shit on my wrist it's full

gibsy on May 31, 2012:

i want to get this but dont no where on my body to get it any ideas?

"a person may die but there legend lives on"

kate on May 26, 2012:

"If you focus on the shit

you forget to shine"

cursive on my wrist..good or bad idea? :)

del on May 22, 2012:

if i had wings, i would fly up to the heavens to see you

JohnDeere651 on May 21, 2012:

YOLO!! YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!! moto i live by everyday!

Summer on April 30, 2012:

I would love a few of these (when I'm older!)

'If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it' - Charlie and the Chocolate factory song; don't particularly like the story but love that quote.

'All you have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to you' - Lord of the Rings - fave movie.

For all the writers out there - 'The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can't help it'

'WWAD' = What would Atticus do? (from To Kill a Mockingbird)I adore that man!

For all the procrastinators out there, to give you some inspiration - 'The path to hell is paved with works in progress'

'If you can't learn how to do something, learn to enjoy doing it badly'

'Aim for the moon, because even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars'

I'm thinking of getting 3 or 4 of these; one on the back of my shoulder, one along the side of my little finger and maybe one on my foot, I can't wait!

Stephanie on April 29, 2012:

Hi, this goes to anyone who can help. ZMe and my bestfriend(guy) want to get some type of bestfriend quotes. I want it in a sexy cursive font. I would like the quote to be really cool, but not cliche. thanks any feedback e-mail me at

brittni on April 25, 2012:

I got a tattoo on my left shoulder that says " music - forever elastic and infanite in communicating the pulse and passion of life". And its in the shape of a treble clef.

ragv on April 14, 2012:

In my opinion getting a meanfull tattoo it´s a very personal choice.

If you ask someone for an idea it will never be your own thought…

Try to understand what you feel about it - your pain, your lost, your love, your family, your feeling about life - and try to put it on your own words. For a tattoo better to be a short quote and with a easy meaning (for yourself and/or for the others…)

Assume your language if you like it, or assume another language if it means something to you. But never, never, write anything in a language that you don’t understand please! (because all dam motifs!)…

And if you can’t write something ‘beautiful’ (not all of us have skills to write) try to find an author that mean something to you (a singer, a poet, a politic, a philosopher, a prophet...)

And try to make your tattoo unique, just like you! Unique… ;)

(I hope it helps. Sorry for my mistakes… that’s not my language, and google translator sucks anyway…) Peace, love and good luck for all of you, Bob and Suck-dicks too! Cheers* keep smiling! :)

kels on April 11, 2012:

@dawn , im thinking, have hopes and ambitions and look at things in the right way, but dont lose grasp of reality, or something along those lines. i really like it.

Diana on April 01, 2012:

I am so getting one :

-Just like in the movies the end is unpredictable

-Every second changes who i am

-If you don't take your life, time will

-In my dreams I live 4ever

-Not even God knows me

-Life may be a game but you don't need rules to live it

Dawn on March 31, 2012:

Im getting this tat and when i told someone they said it makes no sense, but it has meaning to me.

Everyone makes sense of things in there own way if you saw this quote what would you think it meant?

Keep your eyes on the stars

And your feet on the ground

ryan on March 29, 2012:

for my grandad

ryan on March 29, 2012:

i want "good bye my old friend hope to see you again" on my fore arm awsome!!

doug on March 29, 2012:

"Live Fearlessly" is tattooed across my back.

kels on March 28, 2012:

@becauseiliive thank youu. i really want it. but i hate telling people because theyd think its weird. like it dosent make sense. but those three words, "we have now" mean alot to me. a reminder to take each moment and cherish it.

sierra on March 27, 2012:

"Crying doesn't indicate weakness, since birth it has been a sign that you're alive"

Micah on March 21, 2012:

designed it myself. shitty pic, but you get the idea

No name on March 20, 2012:

I'm only 15 and have mum on my worst cause she's helped me through a lot, I know I

Still underage I. The uk for tattoos but I

Getting another 2-3 for my 16th I'm getting gran&granda cause they've been a big part of my life and a wAs thinking of getting live laugh love on my arm cause I use that when times are hard and if helps me think of all the good memories what dobh think?? I'm also thinking of getting a fancy t because it is the initial of my little brother and sister what do use think ?

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on March 15, 2012:

@kels - I love that idea :)

kels on March 15, 2012:

I'm young but ive seen people die too early. When i turn 18 i was thinking id get the words "we have now" somewhere. maybe my wrist where i see it everyday or maybe somewhere that is more personal. i havent seen anybody with the words "we have now" because its not an actual quote. its something i thought of. not in a sexual way, but as in, you have the moment, you might not get another, this could be your last day make it worth it, that kind of sense.

biglad on March 03, 2012:

i have its not the cards your dealt its how you play the game

Steph on March 02, 2012:

Nosce te ipsum. I'ts Latin for "know thyself"

Katelynne on March 01, 2012:

In my lower back my tattoo reads Follow your own star.

Jamie on February 29, 2012:

Ive got a tattoo on my right wrist tht says In capitals.....D.T.A it means dont trust anyone .

SamHuey on February 29, 2012:

hello i have already got 1 tattoo but i want another one on the outside of my right arm but i dont know what to get if someone could give me some advise it would be good thanks ...!!

Goods on February 28, 2012:

"can be destroyed, can't be defeated" .... Badly needs some feedback guys!

Anne Marie on February 28, 2012:

I am looking to put a tattoo on the bottom of my foot, painful, but that is my only option, seeing how I model. I danced for 16 years of my life, and it was my passion until I was recently injured, so I am hoping to one day get a dance quote tattooed on my foot.

"we are fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance"

"dancing with the feet is one thing, dancing with the heart is another"

"to dance is to be out of yourself: larger, more beautiful, more powerful"

Any ideas, or if you like any of these, that would be so helpful to hear!

Ciara on February 28, 2012:

I love all these ideas!

cornflakes on February 27, 2012:


Cowgirl on February 26, 2012:

Ideasss Pleasee!!!

When i was little my cousin would always draw this certain flower and i could never do it so i would always get so frustrated she was the best at everything she attempted when she turned 17 she went completly down hill and i now feel like she has died on me because the girl in her body is not the girl i grew up with and looked up to so much... We had always planned on getting matching tattoos but the way things look that is never oa happen! I want to get the flower from our childhood on my foot and a quote that sums up the meaning but i cannot find a quote that relates...

If anyone has an idea that would be supppeerrr spectacularr!!!!

Mimi on February 24, 2012:

Mimi 1 second ago

i need a quote that fits what I'm trying to say... I just can't put the words together.

What I'm looking for is a short quote that incorporates Beauty & Death. Sooo... how death can be beautiful. Or that beauty can grow from death... My tattoo is of a skull and flowers are growing from it. It is for a family member that passed away. Any ideas of how I can say this?

Julia on February 15, 2012:

so my grandma passed away on my 16th birthday and i want to get a tattoo symbolizing how much she meant to me but im not sure what to get any suggestions?

Adesse on February 14, 2012:

My life is my message.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

I like them very much and yes i forgatt the last one The way we see the world" (it is a song that I like) :))

Krisi on February 14, 2012:

Im planning to have a tattoo on my 3 fingers on the side. Can you please help me? Ideas:

-live life

-love learn

-never regret

-1 life to live, no time to waste

-no failures, just lessons

ArnoldPalmer on February 13, 2012:

I know this was over two years ago, but to the douchebag who thought it was funny that someone's friend hung themselves, rot in hell you low life scumbag. Depression is a disease, you ignorant loser, which is why most people end up taking their own life. Educate yourself, dick head. Even if you never read this, I feel a lot better, because I came on here because I want to get a tattoo for my brother who had hung himself. I need like a good brother memorial quote or something along those lines.

Any suggestions would be awesome! Thanks!

sai on February 12, 2012:


Maverick on February 12, 2012:

Real Eyes. Realize. Real Lies.

Mmmmm on February 11, 2012:

"life is what you make it" girl or guy tattoo? Any ideas

Hmmph on February 09, 2012:

The fact they you are arguing on a website is so frightening! Get real and grow up. You hide behind a computer! I suggest you find your own voice and live your life not ridicule others opinions.

frances on February 06, 2012:

this is a reply to Jamie- about the mom being sick and losing friends etc.

"don't cry because it happened, smile because it's over"

Tatto, on February 06, 2012:

heey, i was thinking about getting a tatto for my nan who died of cancer, i was going to put it on the side on my body i wat it to be swirley writing saying Nan Iloveyou with love hearts getting bigger + bigger, but then i thought about doing Familys 'R' Life, but if you have any ideas about the cancer one can you please email me on thanks so much xx

TRAVEL. on February 05, 2012:

"My body is a garden, my will is the gardener." - Shakespeare

"Die living." - unknown

"Why take life so seriously? It is not like anyone will get out of it alive." - unknown

"Whatever you do will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it" - Ghandi

"Stop existing, start living." - unknown

"Be the change you want to see in this world." - Ghandi

ken on February 05, 2012:


I want a meaningful tattoo for my ribs that remind me the reason why i should live

lola on February 04, 2012:

hi i had my baby boy when i was 15 so i wanted to get a quote about that but dont know what. ..any ideas

Trixysurfchic on February 02, 2012:

I have a few ideas I like for quotes but would really like some of them in Elvish, can anyone help to translate:

I so far have Koiva Lyaa Olor not sure how correct it is but means Wake your dreams.

H on January 31, 2012:

I Like Some Of These Quotes.. Here R A Few Of My Favs..

Everything Yet Nothing.

1 Day I Will Find Me..

2 Be 2Gether.. U Have 2-Get-Her!!

Every Good Girl Has A Bad Secret.

Fear No Bitch..Trust No Snitch

U Let Me Fly So High..

Imagine If There Were 2 Of Me.. :]


U Know My Name..Not My Story

U Can Never Lower Heaven But U Can Always Raise Hell

By That Sin Fell The Angels

I Knew It Then & I Know It Now

Times Have Changed & So Have I

& Someday I'll Have My Perfect Wings

Light Up Ur Life.... [[Good 4 Weed Smokers]]

4Give Me 4 My Sins

S[he] Be[li]ev[ed].. Read In Between The Brackets

S[hes] Br[ok]en.. Read In Between The Brackets

Once Upon A Time..

Jamie on January 31, 2012:

hey guys im having a difficult time finding a tattoo quote that suit difficult situations that ive had to deal with like being raped, my mom being sick and loosing all my bestfriends and my boyfriends along the way. Just moving forward and using my past as learning experiencse, Can anyone help?

TRAVEL. on January 29, 2012:

I have "On the road" on my right foot. I had it when I was 16, I had just got back from India and I've seen many other countries and I think traveling is the best way to meet, to get experience... I think trips are the only things that are really worthy in life and it is certainly more important than anything material.. And I Got it on the foot because you walk with your feet, you travel around with your feet...

krista on January 27, 2012:

but "jeez", how can you request proper grammar if you couldn't even spell grammar right yourself!

Liggy on January 27, 2012:

Learn from yesterday live for today hope for tomorrow

BarrelBabe21 on January 26, 2012:

i have one on the tope of my foot that says "The Past Is Practice" because i once was a alcoholic and thanks to my brothers opening my eyes and helping me out of it i try to think of my past as something to look back on and teach people to not do what i did

jon on January 25, 2012:

my moms a alcoholic and im going through alot and its tough

i want a tattoo that symbolizes that a word or a quotes....?

let me know

Justadreamer on January 25, 2012:

In memory of my grandma, I got "I never walk alone" on my foot. As for other tattoo ideas I suggest:

"We avoid risks in life, so we can make it safely to death.”

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank god that such men lived.”

"It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it does.”

"The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted."

"She flies on her own wings."

"There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows - he walks through a wall.”

"I may be lying in the gutter, but I'm staring at the stars."

Hope these help!

Jeez on January 18, 2012:

Can't some of you people at least attempt to use correct grammer???!!!

Karen on January 16, 2012:

"I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows"

Outsider on January 14, 2012:

I laugh at the people who comment to say "your all weird" and things like that. Not only are their posts pointless, but in incorrect grammar. It should be you're; big difference (so annoying)! So to those people, maybe you should take a second glace at yourself before you decide to judge others.

Gemm on January 13, 2012:

Love the quotes, I my 5th tattoo & most meaningful the other month, down my spine & it reads.... 'Your song has ended but your melody lingers on' it's in memory of my mum who passed away 5 months ago :-) I want another down my side , unsure on what to get, but all of the above quotes have been great help :-)

Marilyn on January 08, 2012:

Suggestions Please! I want something like 'everyone dies but not everyone lives' but worded in a more positive way, like carpe diem, or 'live life' ... but that's not quite it! Might get it written in arabic or sanskript..., along with the word 'strength'. My other idea is a slightly gothic butterfly with a treble clef drawn into it to either go on the hip or on the foot with the quote written along the foot... ???! Will be little tats on feet or hips.

DanceK on January 07, 2012:

@ GP : errors detected : )

"Zivot je dobar" - Life is good (in Serbian)

"Sutra je novi dan" - Tomorrow is a new day (in Serbian

But if you want it to be credible,Serbs use the Cyrillic alphabet

"????? ?? ?????" -Life is good

"????? ?? ???? ???" -Tomorrow is a new day

If u decide to put some text on your body its stupidly to use google translate.At last ASK someone or regret all your life for what u have done.

Claire on December 30, 2011:

I really like "Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there'e foot prints on the moon." I don't know where to get it though? and I would have to get it somewhere that my crazy mom couldn't see it. I'm only 15 and my mom is completely against tattoos. I don't wanna wait till I'm 18 though.. I'll find a way:)

Lexanne on December 30, 2011:

Hi, im 18 years old and i was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition that means i could die at any moment. My boyfriend just proposed, and i want to get something that will show him that no matter what happens, he'll always be the one. I was thinking something like: "If i die tonight before i wake, no that you touched my life in so many ways."

Is that too corny ? I really need something good. Help please !

lauren loves on December 27, 2011:

Hi, i want a short quote on my rib cage but im no sure wat to get. So can you please help me?


okyt1 on December 22, 2011:

i want to get "Burn Out or Fade Away"--kc but idk wer to get it i was thinking my fore arm

Yeaaaa buddy! on December 21, 2011:

How about " Death is certain, Life is not "

Then a upside cross on a pentagram lol

Hitman on December 21, 2011:

Dedication is doing the "BEST" with your life rather than settling for what is only the "good."


commonsense.. on December 19, 2011:

for those who are planning to get tatts in 'next couple weeks' and 'are still deciding' why are you bothering?? shouldnt get a tattoo until you know its right, it shouldnt be left with picking, it should already be known

Michaela on December 17, 2011:

"Mistakes turn into lessons.Failures into blessings." Thats a nice one too :)

missbooboo on December 12, 2011:

your all weird .

beck on December 10, 2011:

"the earth is made not of matter, but of music"


"every moment is another second chance"

Bec on December 09, 2011:

I have "once upon a time" tattooed on my left rib cage

Ahha on December 08, 2011:

C.R.E.A.M- Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Good Song!XD

For those you would like a long Quote, to go on a ribcage I have this. . .

"Facilis descensus Averno; Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, his labor est."-Virgil, The Aeneid.


"Easy the descent to hell, Night and Day stand wide the gates of the domain of Dis, But to retarce one's steps and escape to open air, That is the task. This is the labor."


"Before me things created were none, save things Eternal, and Entrnal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here."-Dante, Inferno

These are some deep and meaning full quotes, if you understand them. So I suggest you do your homework if you decide to use them. Good luck.

batman on December 04, 2011:

i have mum and dad tattooed on my chest on my heart area so i can allways say there close to my heart and when i was going through my own shit i had when your dead your dead, thats it. on my left wrist and on my right the purpose of life is a life of purpose

Vanessa on December 04, 2011:

i want to get a quote about my dad he was killed .. and family was everythng to him .... i was thinking of getting his date of birth on my side going down in romain numarols .. but with a quote but idk what it should say any ideas ???

hope. on December 03, 2011:

'Never regret something that once made you smile'

'Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about'

'No matter how you take it life is what you make it'

'Have the courage to live, anyone can die'

'Stand for something even if it means standing alone'

JulsG on December 01, 2011:

been thinking for a while now to get

Our Scars Remind Us

Our Past Is Real

to me it means that our scars, whether physical or even our memories, are proof that our past has made us who we are. its a reminder to not look at your scars as a negative but more of a growing experience. what does everyone think? would mean alot to get some feedback!

JulsG on December 01, 2011:

been thinking for a while now to get

Our Scars Remind Us

Our Past Is Real

to me it means that our scars, whether physical or even our memories, are proof that our past has made us who we are. its a reminder to not look at your scars as a negative but more of a growing experience. what does everyone think? would mean alot to get some feedback!

legenden on November 30, 2011:


Amanda Grant-Fraser on November 28, 2011:

I love the tatoo that says Life is a beautiful struggle and the one that says love the life you live and live the life you love

Kaien on November 26, 2011:

I really want this tatto that cover most of my back but I want to wait a few more years before I get (seeing as though im only 16)

But I would really like to get a set of angel wings with the words "To the lost souls;past, present and future"

with R.I.P underneath.

It represents all the people I have lost in life, will lose in life and all the lost souls who need an angel to guid them.

and on my right shoulder I would like to have the dates of my beloved deceased.

I mis you all xx

Lebbing on November 24, 2011:

Life is beautiful...As long if your happy....and that`s about it.

Ed on November 21, 2011:

bob hahaha

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theblamguy on November 16, 2011:

i want on my arm "pressure makes diomands" ;)

GP on November 15, 2011:

"Zivot je dobro" - Life is good (in Serbian) there is a special character over the "v".

"Sustranje je jedan nov danje" Tomorrow is a new day (in Serbian)

Tadgh on November 14, 2011:

i love.. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on

Julia on November 14, 2011:

Ok so I'm 21 and already have a celtic cross on the back of my neck and my mother passed away last year right after my birthday and I've been thinking the whole year about what tattoo to get for her. I'm wondering if I should get it on my ribs or the top of my shoulder. I may get either a star gazer or one of the following quotes...

"to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"


"everything I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother"

Also I'm having wherever I get it done put some of her ashes in the ink so she's always with me. Any ideas about where to get a tattoo since I'd need it concealable for work that also is a good idea feel free to email me. Or if their are any really good quotes about a mother my email is

Michelle on November 14, 2011:

The tatto number 8, what is the name of the fond???

monica on November 14, 2011:

ha ha Bob

Tom on November 13, 2011:

Can you send me some tattoo quotes about music and family?

my email adress is

Thanks a lot!!

angel.hope on November 12, 2011:

I really like the quotes "Every person you meet is a chance to change a life" "Never do the things you'll regret and don't regret the things you've done."