Top 50 Tattoo Quotes

Updated on March 4, 2016
Top 50 tattoo quotes. Female, collar bone quote tattoo.
Top 50 tattoo quotes. Female, collar bone quote tattoo.

Tattoo quotes are one of the most powerful, yet still very personal of the tattoo styles. Although there are many similar tattoo quotes out there, each one is special and unique to the owner.

Tattoo quotes are a way to define yourself, your values and your beliefs. They set a standard that will guide you for life, it will always be there in the mirror.

Quotes are all around us. From famous literary works to the colloquial sayings from our childhood. A person can choose some of the millions of words in the English language, or indeed the numerous languages of the world. Combine your favourite quote with awesome scripting or fonts and your result will be a truly personal tattoo.

With so many options, size is only limited by the amount of words you have in your quote and the font that you use. There is also the potential to include a picture in the tattoo. Though it can be slightly tricky and may detract from the quote.

Every tattoo, regardless of size or quantity of tattooed skin needs aftercare. Unfortunately, a blur in a quote caused by infection, can make it unreadable.

Top 50 Tattoo Quotes. Female, backbone quote.
Top 50 Tattoo Quotes. Female, backbone quote.

Dangers to Avoid when Getting a Quote Tattooed

  • The most important thing to do before getting your tattoo is to thoroughly CHECK THE SPELLING!

**Double-check the spelling and grammar once the transfer has been applied to your skin. Type it all into Google, letter for letter. Be sure because this is what will eventually be tattooed permanently on you forever. **

  • If your quote is in another language, show someone fluent in that language first. That way they can tell you what it says and if there is any other interpretation of the quote than the one you know. Once you have confirmed the quote is correct from your independent source, take in the exact lettering to your tattoo artist that they approved of.
  • If the quote has more than a few words, physically check it against the actual source. Make sure nothing is missing, has a wrong word and it's in the correct order. A quote, is referencing what someone has said before, not what we think they may have said.
  • Don't allow the actual font of the letters to become too fancy with a lot of flourishes, or your tattoo could become hard to read.
  • Consider that very long passage, besides being more expensive, becomes tedious to read. Over time, the letters will blend into one another.

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Where You Could Find Your Unique Quote

  • words to a song
  • a quote
  • a poem
  • saying
  • piece from a book
  • rhymes
  • script
  • line from a movie
  • learnt at school
  • something your parents said to you as a kid
  • an influential speech
  • a meme

Dying to Live. Top 50 tattoo quote. Male, side tattoo.
Dying to Live. Top 50 tattoo quote. Male, side tattoo.

Popular Places to Get Quotes Tattooed

  • Wrist
  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Side of torso
  • Thigh
  • Back
  • Back of neck
  • Inner arm (top)
  • Arm
  • Anywhere on your body you want! (except your face - that just doesn't work!)

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Female Top 50 quote tattoo
Female Top 50 quote tattoo

50 Short Tattoo Quotes for Inspiration

  1. Live free, fear nothing.
  2. Only God can judge me.
  3. All is fair in love and war.
  4. Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
  5. Life goes on.
  6. Love never fails.
  7. The ones that love us, never really leave us.
  8. What goes around, comes around.
  9. Let it be.
  10. What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
  11. If you don't live for something, you'll die for nothing.
  12. Life's too long to wait.
  13. Reality is wrong, dreams are for real.
  14. Make a joyous noise.
  15. Laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live.
  16. Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  17. Dream as if you'll live forever, Live as if you'll die today.
  18. God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
  19. Live the life you have imagined.
  20. If you want to sing out, sing out.
  21. Love the sinner, hate the sin.
  22. Be the change you want to see.
  23. Make it count.
  24. The past is practice.
  25. Life's too short.
  26. I am the architect of my own destruction.
  27. Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
  28. Wars begin in the minds of men.
  29. Live, laugh, love.
  30. Take a breath and be strong.
  31. A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world.
  32. Pursuit of happiness
  33. I love you to the moon and back.
  34. Sometimes it's better to let things go.
  35. Family first.
  36. Life goes on.
  37. Everybody dies, but not everyone lives.
  38. Dying to live.
  39. Look after my heart, I gave it to you.
  40. Family is forever.
  41. Live with Passion.
  42. Never a failure, always a lesson.
  43. We accept the love we think we deserve.
  44. Never run faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.
  45. Never give up.
  46. I'd rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I'm not.
  47. No regrets
  48. Too weird to live, too rare to die.
  49. Life is an experiment.
  50. You must walk through hell to get to heaven.

Side quote tattoo on woman
Side quote tattoo on woman

Longer Tattoo Quotes

  1. Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
  2. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
  3. Do not let the world make you hard and heavy, all beautiful things are wild and free.
  4. The difference between the possible and the impossible is a person's determination.
  5. Even though I walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil.
  6. You don't know what you're alive for until you know what you will die for.
  7. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
  8. Well behaved women rarely make history.
  9. Family, where life begins and love never ends.

Public Service Announcement

I have to quickly say, Tattoo's are forever.

Removal of a tattoo is an extremely painful, lengthy and expensive process. An average sized tattoo can take anywhere up to 5-8 visits and is said to hurt way more than getting the tattoo ever did.

So take a bit of time to think about your new tattoo. Where you will put it on your body. Also, think about your tattoo in the future, like in 20 years, cause it will still be with you then.

Cutesy little rainbows and unicorns are sweet at 18, but what about when you're 45 years old?

Just saying.

Tattoo quote and picture on male back
Tattoo quote and picture on male back

Questions & Answers


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      • Karanja Joseph profile image


        4 years ago from Kenya

        That is a nice analysis of tattoo quotes. Whether on a tattoo or on a book, a quote has the power of inspiring.

      • Organised Kaos profile imageAUTHOR


        4 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

        Yeah, who knew words of wisdom would come from Harry Potter, but in saying that a lot of Disney movies have pretty cool quotes too.

        Thanks for your nice comment!

      • Rebecca Hillary profile image

        Rebecca Hillary 

        4 years ago from Yorkshire

        Very interesting. I have a dragon on my upper arm with my kids' dates of birth, but no quotes as of yet.

        Definitely considering getting "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live". I love that quote. Who knew it was possible to get tattoo ideas from Harry Potter?

      • Organised Kaos profile imageAUTHOR


        4 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

        Hi Kathleen, yup I have to say 'same', several tattoos but no quotes.

        I think for me I haven't found one that really warrants tattooing...although I have always liked the quote "what goes around, comes around" on my wrist....hmmm - one day

        Thanks for your kind words too.

      • Kathleen Odenthal profile image

        Kathleen Odenthal 

        4 years ago from Bridgewater

        Interesting hub, I have several tattoos and have never been a huge fan of script, but I like the photos you chose.


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