I have thirteen tattoos. I think they're all pretty cool (and definitely don't qualify as "bad-quality").
After writing over two dozen hubs on tattoo ideas that showcased pictures as the majority of the content, I started noticing that a large portion of the comments were from people asking for ideas on what to say, not so much on how to say it. Like Lindsay, for example, who commented on the hub Tattoo Ideas: Words & Phrases and 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."
The tricky thing about quote tattoos is that nine times out of ten 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 twenty-one words long, and she wanted it somewhere on her inner forearms. As she is 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's lucky. She ended up getting it running lengthwise down her arm next to the word GIRL that was already there. Most people don't have the same flexibility as her.
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. And if you think you're going to fit an entire poem (unless it's a haiku) on your wrist by shrinking down the letters to a size 5 font, you're mistaken. 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. So although there are millions of wonderful quotes about the beauty of love, I've tried to only assemble the ones that are on the shorter side, while still being meaningful.
I went back through all 2,000+ comments on my previous 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 thirteen. This hub is second in a series of hubs broken down by category that started with Tattoo Ideas: Quotes on Strength, Adversity, Courage. 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 for this particular hub 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: Love and Hope
“Sometimes I fancy others more,” she whispers to the back of
my ear, “but you take me farther.”
-Emma Donoghue: Hood
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall
"True love stories never have endings."
"Grow old with me! The best is yet to be."
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also
always some reason in madness."
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love."
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two
chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are
"Lovers don't actually meet. They collide."
"There is nowhere I stop and you begin."
"Thank you for touching me. Some of the only moments worth
living were spent with you."
"May you find someone who will forget your past and nail you
-Richard Bach: The Bridge Across Forever
"A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys and
keys to fit our locks."
-Richard Bach: The Bridge Across Forever
"Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life."
-Richard Bach: The Bridge Across Forever
"Our love lives because I live."
"When one does not love too much, one does not love enough."
"Love is stronger than death."
-"The Crow: City of Angels"
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be
loved in return."
"I'd rather spend a lifetime with you then to live all the
ages of this world alone."
-"Lord of the Rings"
"Everything I've done, I've done for you. I move the stars
for no one."
"My love runs deeper than the wounds."
"Forget this life
Come with me
Don't look back you're safe now
Unlock your heart
Drop your guard
No one's left to stop you"
Alice Bryce on April 30, 2013:
Killer tattoos on neck nice.
B. Wilson on February 26, 2013:
My fiancé passes away. We were always going to eventually get matching tattoos, but we didn't have enough time. I want a short quote that symbolizes lost love, but never forgotten? Any ideas??
Kenneth Barcelo from Davao City on December 28, 2012:
,,,,,,,,,,,, this is mine ......... live together, die alone! add me on facebook,,, firstname.lastname@example.org
aannonymous on August 27, 2012:
Love the life you live, don't live the life you love.
sammy on April 13, 2012:
i just got love and be loved on my shoulder,in the very font i am currently tying,i love the film moulin rouge and didn't even realise its from moulin rouge,perhaps i could get the greatest thing bit tattooed in
misty on March 09, 2012:
hey trying to find a saying that has meaning for life strength motherhood and changes... im getting a tattoo of pics that mean all of these and would love a quote for it...?/?
Sumsum on February 29, 2012:
The 'Till death' tattoo pic is actually a guy? And the one below looks like a pregnant chick?
Nameless on February 28, 2012:
Live free or die hard
JJ on January 20, 2012:
does anyone know any good but short poems on family? i want to get a poem on my side for my family but i cant find anything decent. Im trying to think of my own but im not the best at poems ha.
thanks for your help :)
jakee b 1234 on January 19, 2012:
blood is good pud pud
ashley66 on January 14, 2012:
My Husband is in prison. Our first anniversary is coming up and I want to surprise him with something. We already have our names on each other and we are going to get tattoo's of rings on our ring fingers when he gets out. But I want to get a love quote. Maybe something about him being gone for so long and us loving each other. I heard a quote awhile back I can't remember but something Like "True Love waits" or something like that.. Any Idea's or if you know any please let me know thank you!!!
fana on January 12, 2012:
ang on December 29, 2011:
Girl with hair coming out is so nasty
DD on November 17, 2011:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return" - Nat King Cole, not Moulin Rouge
lizzey on October 06, 2011:
love and be loved,love never dies
i love you all
sally on June 13, 2011:
live for today
allikris2 on February 26, 2011:
"A man that stands for nothing, will settle for anything"
"Loved by few, hated by many, Respected by all"
This is what I'm thinking about getting any feedback on what picture to put with it?
Wow on January 23, 2011:
Obviously he's a guy..its with the chick.stop hating its great love it!
Edward on January 19, 2011:
" The luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds true love . "
" Love Never Dies "
For couples on chest or anywhere but chest looks qood they should put 'Forever" When they are together .
And if you ever should break apart Finish it with " Nothing Lasts Forever" Its pretty cool and significant , romantic too .
brooke on December 01, 2010:
i want to get my wrists tattooed with a love quote, but im having trouble deciding.. theres this one quote that i keep coming back to and i really like it, but im unsure.. so i need some feedback :D its "love wins" one word per wrist, of course ;] soo whatcha think? any other ideas are welcome as well! HELP ;DDD
PantherPride on November 22, 2010:
O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting
I want to get this tatted on my left pec with two hands conjoining in the background. Any thoughts? Email me if you would like to see a pic of what it would roughly look like - email@example.com
Shannon on November 11, 2010:
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." good quote, strong meaninggg
belinda on August 24, 2010:
always in my heart, even after death do us part
Unknown on August 19, 2010:
- i'le love you to the day i die
- je t'aime (i love you in french)
- i will love you forever and a day
- in my heart you will stay
- te amo
casarantee on August 09, 2010:
that chick up there needs to shave her pubes!!
adele on August 04, 2010:
i have hate is easy, love takes courage on my back. it is a great quote
(L) on August 04, 2010:
"hate is easy; love takes courage."
lol on July 26, 2010:
obviously "till death" is a dude and "do us part" is associated with him! dont hate... just appreciate
Lianne on July 26, 2010:
"love is life...without love you don't live"
mgig on July 24, 2010:
oh.my.god. the girl with pubes out...nasty
bob on June 28, 2010:
heyyy till death ...shave
Donner on June 28, 2010:
"Love as Thy Wilt"
Gary on June 24, 2010:
if u are gonna give people advice on tats, namely quotes in latin, then u should at least get the spelling right... Alis Volat Propriis, not Allis Volat Propiis... tut, shame on u...
Migs on June 12, 2010:
"Alis Volat Propiis" it is latin for "with her own wings she flies" and is also the Oregon state motto. I am getting it tomorrow with a blue-bird perched on the "V"
Hayley on May 31, 2010:
I love till death do us part but i would like it to say till death do us part although i will still love you but i would like some feed back please.
taylor on May 20, 2010:
love the quotes!!! My personal favorite is "Rise like a pheonix from the ashes" quote :) but their all very beautiful
laura on May 16, 2010:
Renee i have a tattoo on my wrist from a peom by EE cummings and it just says "I Carry Your Heart" ...that's pretty sweet x
Maggie on April 30, 2010:
I'm wanting to get my second tattoo, I want to get a quote on my right shoulder blade. I have a few quotes in mind but not positive which one I should get. Any Ideas?
The quotes I have in mind are:
- The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.
-No day but Today
pubesaregross on March 31, 2010:
love the first tattoo!! (love never fails) soo cute!
...oh yeah and before you take a pic of your tat and put it all over the internet...shave your pubes!!! OMG
Jiggy on March 18, 2010:
"will you love me for the rest of my life?"
"no ill love you for the rest of mine"
cazy on March 17, 2010:
where love lives is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts
renee on January 23, 2010:
my boyfriend designed his beautful chest piece and got it tattoed to surprise me it a heart with a key hole wings around it and two roses it has set me free above it, te other bit of the surprise is he wants me to get the key so i designed a chest peicesimilar but with my personal affects i was wondering if anyone had an idea of wat quote i can get back to se me free?
heather on January 07, 2010:
im trying to find a tattoo idea, i want a little quote, but one that relates to me and my boyrfriend, but iv been looking and cant find any like love quotes which like are good or relate to us, or are the kind of thing i want...someone that's good a good imagination help me? haha
Christina on December 27, 2009:
I am thinking of putting this:
Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'etre aime. (which means: there is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved)
stephanieeee & mikee on December 13, 2009:
omq i want a love quote that's hot wanna qet it ass a tatoo on my rib help .
Maria.. on October 27, 2009:
Finally found phares dat i like:]
Summah on September 25, 2009:
-Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
-Failure is success if we learn from it.
-The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-Life is simple, its just not easy.
-Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.
-Live so that you may live.
-If I am not myself then who will be me?
-Live, love, laugh.
-All I am & all I hope to be.
nikia on August 30, 2009:
"other things may change us, but we start and end with family." anthony brandt
"two hearts, one soul".....
"rise like a phoenix from the ashes"...
"love the happiness of life"
"she flies with her own wings"
when words fail, music speaks"
"blessed are the hearts that can bend, for they shall never be broken"
"dream as you will live forever"
"aim for the moon, if you miss, you may hit a star"
nikia on August 29, 2009:
check out ambigram (wow tattoo) guys!!!!!! i have a tattoo that on my hip reads strength, an upside down to me it reads patience. others can see the strength i have to overcome, an i remember in my own little way to have patience with lifes little bumps..... you can customise anything, and they have phrases also.... enjoy!
AmyLou on August 24, 2009:
could you please pic another pic of the heart one saying The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
i want a tat like that
http://www.myspace.com/mrvondi on July 31, 2009:
Pencil To Paper, Ink To Skin
Sketch'd In Ink
Pretty In Ink
wtf on July 07, 2009:
tanay253 from Berkeley,CA,USA on June 22, 2009:
Mentally combine the words ‘Arizona’ and ‘tattoo’. You end up with ‘Arizona tattoo’, something that leaves you inclined to think that there is some sense of red rock mystery embedded in that very concept. Naturally, Arizona also leaves you with ideas of monoliths majestically reaching into the sky and evergreen vegetation that might just make you think that summer is a perennial occurrence, something that lasts ad infinitum. ‘Arizona tattoo’ is not only a phrase, but a mark of freedom and personal liberty. Bikers, spiritualists, a vast amount of new age rebels and daredevils all find appeal and satisfaction in ‘Arizona tattoo’, so why shouldn’t you? But of course you’re wondering what’s so special about Arizona tattoos? Well, take a closer look at Arizona, move in the direction of Sedona. It’s a haven and a retreat with many purposes and attracts those with a shared passion for history, archaeology, geology, sport, art and is seen as one of the major spiritual centres of the world. It’s a place that attracts some of the most talented people of our time and, in that same breath, some of the best tattoo artists too. But naturally, a tattoo artist, however good he or she may be, needs somewhere where the artwork can come to life and provide a pleasant safe experience for those wanting to be the canvas of creation, in other words… you
Person on March 10, 2009:
is that one person with hair coming out of there pants a chick>? cause oh god! lol
epiphany on February 26, 2009:
i love the tattoo's on here....very cute
rach on January 28, 2009:
one of my all time favs. the greatest thing you can ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return. im glad didn't miss that one and also glad to see a real live tat of it.
Writer Rider on December 04, 2008:
Very nice set of tattoos.
mary on November 27, 2008:
i love the till death do us part tattoo! that is so creative!