100 Best Tattoo Quotes

100 Best Tattoo Quotes

Tattoo quotes and Tattoo Sayings are very popular nowadays. People who have these type of tattoos vary from teens that want to make a statement to Hollywood stars that want their fans to remember something. Because of the interesting stories behind each quote, we decided to create a list of the 100 best tattoo quotes!

Certain quotes can represent something different for each person. To some, it might be a reminder of a memorable part of their life, or the expression of a constant state of mind, or even a simple life-lesson which can be applied in everyday living. So if you are about to get a tattoo quote on your body, make sure that it will be there to stay and that it will mean the same thing to you 20 years down the road! But please, don’t get a tattoo quote just for the sake of remembering your favorite sports player. I don’t think it’s a good idea. It would be much better if you would have inspiring quotes or those that could help you with your everyday life. Now, let’s see if you can pick one of these 100 best tattoo quotes.


The Best Tattoo Quotes

Before making up your mind with getting a tattoo quote, make sure to look for the following elements:

  1. Color. If you get a quote, you want people to see it. Use colors that will make it readable.
  2. Font. Try to use a specific font for your tattoo quote, as it can convey a different message.
  3. Design. Do you want to have just words or do you want to add some style into it?
  4. Language: Do you want it in English or do you want to take the more exotic route and use a foreign language.

If you need more information, you can always look at our articles on How to get your first tattoo and How much do Tattoos cost.

Here’s a list of the best 100 tattoo quotes we have found to help you make your decision.

1. There Are No Rules That Can Bind You When You Find Your Other Half


It just means that when you have found your true love, nothing can keep you apart from each other.

2. All is fair in Love and War

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Like in war, love conquers no boundaries just to get what it wants and what it desires.

3. all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given “to” us

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One of the famous quotes from the movie, The Lord of the Rings.

4. and miles to go before i sleep

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It could mean anything, but the most famous meaning of it is that the word “sleep” means death and “miles” means journey.

5. i listened to the bray of my heart.. i am i am i am


This famous quote is from Sylvia Plath which means that the bray symbolizes her pains and agony but the heart tells her  “i am i am i am” which means she will overcome these pains.

6. Be the one to guide me, but never hold me down

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It’s just like saying, “be there every step of the way to guide me, but don’t hold me down from everything that I can be”.

7. Beneath Lay Words That Suffocate

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It just means that you should always pick your words when talking because there are words that can hurt the one you’re talking to.

8. But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime…

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A famous quote from Nicholas Sparks’ book, THE WEDDING.

9. Celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing

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If you’re an optimistic person, then this quote is perfect for you.

10. Childhood


From the great poem: “Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies 1937″ created by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

11. DAD


Great tattoo for those who dearly love their fathers.

12. Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light

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This is a quote from the poem of  the famous Dylan Thomas. This is about a life and death situation. It means not to give up life and die quietly, but to try to fight and stay alive.

13. If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite

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Doors of Perception by William Blake. This means we look at the world through our limited senses and think that we see reality. However, this is only our own perspective of the worlds, and not what it is in essence. If we develop more inside, then we can appreciate life or nature and find a deeper understanding of this world.

14. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return


As the quote said, Love is the greatest thing you’ll ever encounter, whatever kind of love that is.

15. Dreams, Hope, Love, Family, Strength, Believe

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The very foundation of humanity.

16. Dream as if you’ll live forever

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Make your dreams as big as possible, and don’t stop dreaming. After all, it’s free.

17. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

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A quote from Bob Marley, which means that in order for you to be truly free, you must not let others get inside your head and dictate how to live your life.

18. Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru on wohsi

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Taken from Harry Potter Movie. When mirrored and correctly spelled, it says  “I show not your face but your heart’s desire”.

19. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it…

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It means that everything is beautiful, but each one of us has his/her own perception and opinion. One person may see something as beautiful, but another may not see it the same way.

20. Fairy tales do not tell children that Dragons exist…

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Famous quote made by G.K Chesterton. It can be compared in real life wherein our everyday situation doesn’t tell us that there are problems, because we know that there are. Rather, life tells us that those problems can be solved in a way.

21. Fall down seven times, stand up eight

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The quote means never give up.

22. Fate fell short

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It means that if your ultimate plan in life didn’t happen, then a different plan must have been made for you.

23. For every dark night, There’s a brighter day

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Don’t lose hope. For every problem, there’s always a solution.

24. In the beginning


The first verses of the Bible.

25. Dear Lover, Give me One Last Painful Kiss

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Famous line in the song Dear Lover by Social Distortion. The person is asking for one last moment before his/her lover leaves.

26. Grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change…

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From the famous prayer, THE SERENITY PRAYER.

27. Nec Aspera Terrent

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“Don’t Terrify the Rough Ones” it is being used during the war and combats to encourage soldiers not to fear their enemies.

28. Have Faith

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29. Heart Means Everything

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30. Oh, How seldom we belong but how elegant our kiss

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From the song “Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste” by Norma Jean

31. How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!

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A quote by Alexander Pope.

32. I am enough the way I am…

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This means being contented with one’s self.

33. I am not afraid I was born to do this

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This means fulfilling the duty that you were born with.

34. I am the architect of my own Destruction

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This means that if I fail in life, then at least I’m the one responsible for it.

35. I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul

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A famous quote of the poem Invictus, made by William Ernest Henley. This means that I’m in charge of how to run my life.

36. i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart.)

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37. I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep

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38. I mourn for those who never know you

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It means that other people should get to know you before they say things about you. It would be their loss if they don’t get to know someone like you.

39. I must learn to love the fool in me..

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This quote is about loving yourself.

40. Aut Viam Inve’niam Aut Faciam

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“I’ll either find a way or make one..”

41. I should have been a pair of ragged claws…

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42. I will strive with things impossible

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Even though things may seem impossible, never give up.

43. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

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This quote is about freedom of expression.

44. I’ll find a way to see you again

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45. I’m gonna fight for what’s right…

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46. Isaiah 1:18

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47. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass..

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48. Join us in the shadows where we stand vigilant

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49. Kiss me I’m Irish

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50. lay down, lay down and wait like an animal

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51. Learn from yesterday Live for today Hope for tomorrow

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52. Let it out, Let it in

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53. Life goes on

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54. life is not measured by the number of breaths we take..

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We are judged by the number of deeds we that we do in our life.

55. Like a twister I was born to walk alone

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56. Live each day as if it were your last

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57. Live Laugh Love

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58. Live Laugh Love

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59. Live the life you have imagined

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60. Look after my heart I’ve left it with you.

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61. lord have mercy

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62. Love is all you need..

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63. Love without cause

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64. Love ya DAD

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65. My life is my message

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66. never forget who you are

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67. Not all those who wander are lost

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68. One good thing about music, when it hits you you feel no pain

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Famous line from Bob Marley

69. Anna, only you in my heart

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70. or else, shall we & why not

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71. Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation

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72. And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…


One of the famous quote in the book ” The Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer

73. She flies by her own wings

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74. So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure…

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75. Sometimes you need to let things go..

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76. Take a chance, they don’t come much bigger than this

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77. take care of the sense, and the sound will take care of themselves

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78. Thanks for kissing me that day, thanks for slapping me

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79. That which does not kill me makes me stronger

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80. The Greatest Thing You will ever learn is to love and be loved in return

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81. the only dreams that matter are the ones you have when you’re awake

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82. The woods are lovely dark and deep…

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83. there is always hope

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84. This Above all, To thine ownself be true

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85. This heart beats for only you

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86. To die would be an awfully big adventure

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87. To live would be an awfully big adventure

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88. To sleep, perchance to dream..

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89. we accept the Love We think we Deserve

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90. we found love

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91. we live with the scars we choose

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92. Quello che voi siete, not eravamo. Quello che noi, siamo voi sarete.

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“We were what you are; and what we are, you will be.”

93. We will all laugh at glided butterflies

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94. Quod me nutrit, me destruit

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“What nourishes me, also destroys me”

95. With pain comes strength

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96. If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?

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97. You Only Live Once


Live life according to the good of you and the people around you.

98. you are what you love and not what loves you back

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Whatever you love and care about is what matters, and not the other way around.

99. you don’t know what you’re alive for until you know what you would die for

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This quote is all about giving value to things in life.

100. You must be the change you want to see in the world..

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The change must start in you.

Get your own tattoo sayings

Lastly, like the one we suggested earlier in the introduction, one should always remember the meaning of the quote. There are quotes that should be translated first. Those quotes should be as clear as they read. There are also quotes that need better understanding to the meaning of it. Some tattoo sayings have designs, which can make the tattoo more lively. For some Design inspiration, you can check out our 50 Tattoos for Women and our 50 Tattoos for Men.

Some other quotes just make no sense at all and these should not be embossed on you. You should be careful in choosing your words because these will be imprinted on you permanently and might judge who you are.  For the conclusion, we will leave to you this quote “Always be yourself”. Don’t decide for something you don’t want to and don’t do something you will regret. We hope that you have been enlightened by our own version of 100 best tattoo quotes.


  1. Someone who reads says

    And miles to go before I sleep is not some famous quote from the Lord of the Rings. The quote, as shown in a few other pictures posted, is from one of Robert Frost’s most revered poems because of his symbolism of the natural northeastern landscape to the trials and difficulties of life and how much easier it would be to sleep, and in that he means to die. Amazing poem, go look it up: stopping by woods on a snowy evening

  2. jade says

    Well I’m currently 17 but once I turn 18 I’m going to get a tattoo saying ”Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you’ll die today”.

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