Why Are Tattoo Quotes So Popular?

Do you remember when you first read a quote that truly inspired you? Imagine the feeling every day for the rest of your life. This is what a tattoo quote can potentially give you! Once you found a quote that truly inspires you it can be turned into a tattoo that has real meaning behind it. Sure traditional tattoo designs are great but a quote tattoo that motivates you or just makes you feel better when you need it can really blow them out of the water.  Or you could have the best of both worlds, couple a quote with a traditional graphic design and you’ll have a tattoo everyone can appreciate! Let’s go over what makes tattoo quotes special.

One of the best things about quotes is that there are thousands of quotes that span over many topics, like religion, war, anti-war, politics, government, motivating, philosophy, and many more. With so many topics and authors you’re sure to find one that’ll take your breath away.

Tattoo quotes can be good choices for both women, and men. What I’ve noticed is women really love feel good quotes or quotes about love and enjoying life. But men really prefer masculine in nature quotes or quotes from men he looks up to. Of course there are exceptions a man can like feel good quotes and a woman could like a masculine type quote.

An example of a quote that a woman may like is something like “Live, Laugh, Love” and something a man may like is something like “Veni, Vidi, Vici” a Latin quote by Julius Caesar it translates into “I came, I saw, I conquered” but again a man may like the “Live, Laugh, Love” quote and a woman might like “Veni, Vidi, Vici” quote!

Somethings To Consider

So what do you have to have in mind while choosing font, size, and location of your tattoo quote? Well some planning is probably necessary to get that quote beautifully done; you’ll need to find a quote you like enough to get tattooed of course. Preferably a quote that isn’t too long considering the limited amount of space you have on your body. Once you’ve got the quote you’re getting tattooed in mind, double or even triple check that the quotes spelling, grammar, and author are correct before taking it to your favorite artist! Nothing is more embarrassing than finding out your tattoo has a misspelling or a major grammar mistake in it after it’s already been permanently inked into your body, your only options if you unfortunately reach this point is to, live with the tattoo, get it covered up with another one, or to have it expensively removed so please make sure you bring your artist a one hundred percent correct quote.

Font is also a very important decision you’ll have to make. I know it might be tempting to choose a font that’s really cool looking but you have to think about readability before you finalize your decision, the most important thing is that you and other people are able to read the quote without much trouble. Overdo the font and it’ll be hard to for others to read the quote without having to stare at it for a while and that’s not good! Size and spacing of the letters is also important. Having the letters to close to each other may cause the letters to touch if your skin should shrink or enlarge making them look more like a blob of random ink rather than two separate letters.

Size of the letters should correspond with the location you have chosen for the tattoo, make sure it fits and is big enough to read.

Taking Care of Your Newly Done Tattoo

Tattoo aftercare is also very important when you first get your tattoo, it should be treated as an open wound that can get infected if not cleaned properly for at least two weeks. Usually the artist will explain how to clean the area where the tattoo is. Applying tattoo ointment to your tattoo is always a good idea but always follow the instructions your choice of ointment provides.

Some Quotes and Pictures Below

I’ll provide some potential tattoo quotes below and some pictures. Again please do not assume these are one hundred percent correct, though I tried to make sure they are I do make mistakes. Double check or even triple check them on other websites! If you want you can add some to this page by using the comment section below, there are already a bunch of contributors! And you’re welcomed to join them.

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Here’s a list of quotes I’ve compiled. If you decide to get one of these as a tattoo please make sure it’s correct I tried to make sure all of these have the correct grammar and author but I do make mistakes so double check or even triple check before you get it done!

Here’s a list of quotes I’ve compiled. If you decide to get one of these as a tattoo please make sure it’s correct I tried to make sure all of these have the correct grammar and author but I do make mistakes so double check or even triple check before you get it done!


“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”


 – Albert Einstein

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

– Chinese Proverb

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. “


– Thomas Edison

“Knowledge is the antidote to fear.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Darrell Royal

“Courage does not always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow.”

– Unknown

“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.”

– Bernard Malamud

“We all die, the goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right.”

Henry Ford

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

 – Jimi Hendrix

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.”

Bill Hicks

“The worst mistake anyone can make is being too afraid to make one.”

– Unknown

“To be loved, be lovable.”


For those who seek perfection there can be no rest this side of the grave.”

– Unknown

“Excuses are the refuge for the weak.”

– Unknown

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, add what is uniquely your own.”

Bruce Lee

“The strong are strongest alone.”

– Tyrant of Badab 

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

– Peter McWilliams

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

– George Elliot

“Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.”

– John Lennon

“Without money we’d all be rich.”

– Unknown

“Judge if you want, we are all going to die. I intend to deserve it.”

– Joey Comeau

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.”

– Unknown

“We become who we believe we are. It’s that simple.”

– Unknown

“Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.”

– Unknown

“Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you wanted.”

– Unknown

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

Art Buchwald

“Every year I make a plan. I do it. It will be done.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I will not fail, I will not disappoint you, I will not let you down.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”


“It’s only failure if you quit. Everything else is merely a setback. Remember that and never stop. NEVER.”

 –  Unknown

“Weakness becomes my weapon and pain my pleasure.”

– Unknown

“There’s light at the end of every tunnel, keep moving.”

– Unknown

“If people are trying to bring you down it only means that you are above them.”

– Unknown

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

– Unknown

“You are the creator of your own destiny.”

– Unknown

“Attack life, its going to kill you anyways.”

– Unknown

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”

– Sun Tzu

“Actions speak louder than words.”

– Unknown

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Do not regret growing older it is a privilege denied to many.”

– Unknown

“Obsession is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

– Unknown

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more, more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford

“We do not remember days. We remember moments.”

– Cesare Pavese

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S Eliot

“Depression is not a sign of weakness, it means you have been strong for far too long.”

– Unknown

“When I do right no one remembers when I do wrong no one forgets.”

– Unknown

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

– John 15:13

“This too shall pass.”

– Proverb

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain

“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.”

– Unknown

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth and I don’t have to be what you want me to be, I’m free to be what I want.”

– Muhammad Ali

“Giving up was never an option.”

– Lance Armstrong

“I become a much happier man each time I suffer.”

– Lance Armstrong

“So go ahead, break stuff. Break yourself on the once-hard edges of yourself. And recycle the debris into the foundation of your future.”

– Mark Twight

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”

– Lance Armstrong

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”

-Joseph F. Newton

“The price of being a sheep is boredom. The Price of being a Wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.”

– Hugh Macleod

“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.”

– Gary Lew

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

– Henry Bergson

“Most of the things you worry about never happen.”

– Unknown

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

– Carolyn Myers

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

– Martin Luther King Jr

“You exist but do you live? ”

– Unknown

“I’d rather have a few days of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

– Steel Magnolias (Movie)

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

 – Sun Tzu

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul.”

– Bob Marley

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? “

– Unknown

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“What ever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

– Napolean Hill

“Every successful person has a painful story. Every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for success.”

– Unknown

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Only dead fish swim with the stream.”

– Malcolm Muggeridge 

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way and not starting.”

– Buddha

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result they get better answers.”

– Tony Robbins

“Success belongs only to those who are willing to work harder than anyone else.”

– Unknown

The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.”

– Unknown

“Some people dream of success, others make it happen.”

– Unknown

“What is now proven was once imagined.”

– William Blake

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.”

– Unknown

“If you want something you’ve never had, you had better be prepared to do something you have never done.”

– Unknown

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

– Stephen King

“In the midst of winter I found there was, within me, and invincible summer.”

– Albert Camus

“The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you; it is when you don’t understand yourself.”

– Unknown

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

– James Dean

“He is able who thinks he is able. “

– Buddha

“I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.”

Kurt Cobain

“When one door closes, another one opens.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

– Michael Jordan

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

– Albert Einstein

“The truly confident people are those who aren’t afraid to be themselves.”

–  Unknown

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

–  Art Williams

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

– Voltaire

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

– C. S. Lewis

“Everyone falls over in life, but it doesn’t matter how far you fall, what matters is how high you can rise after falling.”

– Unknown

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”

– George Eliot

“Killing under the cloak of war is no different than murder.”

– Albert Einstein

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you **** with me, I’ll kill you all.”

– General James Mattis

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

– General George S, Patton, JR

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

– Will Rogers

“Courage is resistance to fear; mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

– Mark Twain

“Perseverance – The Courage to Ignore the Obvious Wisdom of Turning Back.”

–  Unknown

“When living is a thing money can buy the rich shall live and the poor shall die.”

– Unknown

“Spot my faults but be humble, for I may spot yours.”

– Unknown

“Limitations are for people that have them, and excuses are for people that need them.”

– Unknown

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.”

– Nietzsche

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.”

– Roberta Flack

“If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

– Nietzsche

“Remember that guy who gave up? Neither does anybody else.”

–  Unknown

“Through the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.”

– Ayn Rand

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Knowing is not enough we must apply, willing is not enough we must do.”

– Bruce Lee

“No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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