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Inspirational Tattoo Quotes

Updated on January 15, 2015

Tattoo Quotes are one of the most popular designs right now. Looking for some good quote ideas for your tattoo? We're here to help narrow down the search for just the right one. A little inspiration and motivation? A special saying could be just what you need or maybe even just a single word in just the right font.

Below you'll find some of the best quote ideas--short and long--that will help you personalize your tattoo design or maybe spark an idea of your own..

Check back for more coming soon! Photo belongs to author.

Updated 12.2014

Inspiring Tattoo Quotes
Inspiring Tattoo Quotes

Short Quote Tattoos - Get Inspired

It's not too hard to find short inspirational quotes or even to come up with an inspiring short saying of your own. The problem is picking the right quote and font for your tattoo quote for you and your own situation---that 'just right' saying that matches your own personality, attitude and spirit. Narrowing down some of the best choice is what we are here to help you do. So, let's get started.

To check out some great fonts for your next design, (because we all know that the font matters!!) try

Tattoo Lettering Designer--my favorite free tool.

  • Keep the Faith
  • Live Your Dreams
  • Dreams are for real
  • Inspire Integrity
  • Imagine your dreams
  • Keep smiling
  • Let it Be.
  • The past is practice
  • Keep calm and carry on-- (My sister has this tattoo scripted around a stained glass owl and it's beautiful)
  • This too shall pass.
  • Giving up is not an option.
  • Every day has potential for beauty
  • With pain comes strength
  • I am the hero of this story --my niece has this one with a butterfly and it's beautiful. I'd post the pic but she's private! Understandably so.
  • The Only Way Out is Through
  • Always remember who you are.
  • Never Look Back.
  • The Time is Now
  • Life is beautiful. --or get this quote in French which reads, 'La Vie Est Belle'
  • Never. Quit. Ever. (this one looks super cool on the wrist!)

Without Struggle there is no progress quote tattoo
Without Struggle there is no progress quote tattoo

Without struggle there is no progress--Temporary Tattoo Quote Not sure where you want to put your tattoo quote? Try some of the new cool temporary quote tattoos and experiment.

Long Inspiring Tattoo Quote Ideas

Longer Sayings: Phrases - What's the Trend?

When you want to say a little something more or you're ready to add to another design or maybe you just want your tattoo to mean something? More to come.

  • Live the life you have imagined. --Henry David Thoreau
  • See the invisible, Believe the incredible, Imagine the Impossible. --(Joel Brown)
  • Confidence is courage at ease. (-Daniel Maher)
  • Live each moment to it's fullest--
  • Live your life moment by moment.
  • The heart see what's invisble to the eye. --(H. Jackson Brown)
  • Be curious --Not judgemental. -(Walt Whitman)
  • Be the Change You Want to See in the World-- Inspirational sayings Gandhi
  • Wisdom is Knowing the Right Path to Take---Integrity is Taking it
  • Decide you want something more than you fear it.
  • It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.
  • Without struggle, there is no strength.
  • She turned her cant's into cans and her dreams into plans. (love this one!)

Celebrity Quote Tattoos - Stars and their Ink

Tons of celebrities have Tattoo Quotes, including Megan Fox, (Megan has many of them, but we are just focusing on the wording here), Hayden Panettiere, David Beckham, Angeline Jolie and the list is growing every single day....Here's the latest list of celebrity tattoo quotes and their meanings, (when needed) ---will update often. Some are inspiring, some are romantic and some are just plain 'odd'--but each matches their own style and thoughts.

  • "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies"

    Megan Fox has this quote tattooed on her shoulder.

    Megan Fox Tattoo Photo

  • "Just Breathe"

    Miley Cyrus has this tattoo quote in honor of a friend that died from cystic fibrosis.

  • Vivere Memento--"Live in the Moment"

    Celebrity actress and star of Nashville Hayden Panettiere has this quote tattooed on her lower left shoulder/back.

    See Hayden Panettiere's Quote Tattoo

  • "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"

    Edgar Allen Poe quote tattooed on Evan Rachel Wood upper back.

    See Tattoo

  • rebelle fleur --"Rebel Flower" (French)

    Rhianna has this tattoo quote on the back of her neck.

  • "There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart"

    Another Megan Fox Quote Tattoo; ;this one is on her right side abdomen.

    See Megan Fox Tattoo Photo

  • Symphonic Love

    This tattoo quote is on singer, Chris Brown. (Chest)

  • "Clear as a crystal, sharp as a knife I feel like I'm in the prime of my life"

    Lindsay Lohen has this Billy Joel song lyric tattooed on her side.

    I Go To Extremes by Billy Joel

  • "If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly"

    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have this Roosevelt quote on their arms.

    See Miley and Liam's matching tattoos

Inspirational Love Quotes

for Tattoos

Tattoos and Tanning

This is one of the best tanning bed lotions I have found to help keep my tattoos looking fresh and not fade in the sun or tanning bed. Update: even if you're not trying to protect tattoos from the sun, I have to say this is now my number one tanning lotion overall---I was only using it for the tattoo locations, but now, I've been using it for the past month consistently and it has given me the best results ever.

Short and Romantic - A Little Love

Romantic at heart? Here are just a few of the romantic quote ideas for tattoos---I will be adding more soon.

  • Love is...
  • Follow your heart
  • Live Love Laugh
  • Love is everything
  • Love heals
  • Love reveals
  • I love, I have loved, I will love (Tattoo font example below)
  • Love Changes Everything
  • Love Without Cause

Tattoo Quote Pictures

Tattoo Quote Photos
Tattoo Quote Photos

Check out our Tattoo Quotes Pinterest Board for some good quote tattoos and some very unique and cool quote tats.


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      Jennifer Beckers 3 years ago from Palm Beach County

      I'm all about the inspirational tattoos, thank you I might get one of these next :)

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      Philip1912 3 years ago

      Great idea for a lense. Very nice.

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      Philip1912 3 years ago

      @Evelina Sa: Yeah I do. My sister's partner does them EvelinaSa. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Some really cool tattoo quotes!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Wow these are beautiful. I love them all!

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      Horitsu 3 years ago


      meaningful tattoo quotes

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      lucyher21 4 years ago

      pretty unique and very creative.

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      Evelina 4 years ago from London / Frankfurt / Vilnius

      DO you know where I could find someone who designs my tattoo online?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the idea of an inspirational quote as a tattoo.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Interesting take on this art form. I think of it as body graffiti and am not really a fan. Good work here though for those who think otherwise.

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      Tami-Lynn 4 years ago from North Vancouver

      IF i ever got a tat, would be one like this.

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      TommyPotter 4 years ago

      I don't have a tattoo but it's interesting to know about them

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      I cannot say that I am a fan of tattoos but I liked the inspirational quotes.

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      LeannNicole 4 years ago

      Love these!!

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      shikhagautam 4 years ago

      nice quotes some are really very good.i especially love "Without struggle, there is no strength

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Some really good quotes, I especially like "The past is practice."

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Great quotes. I was searching one for me and I think I have narrowed down to 3. Now to choose one of them is a big task. Thank you .

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      So many beautiful quotes to have as a tattoo! I will keep some in mind for my next tattoo... ;-) Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!!!

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      So many great choices, it's very hard to choose one. I love the beautiful script (fonts).

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      SquidooTutorials 4 years ago

      Short Quote Tattoos are my favorite. All of them are so true, and beautiful:) Great lens:)

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      lauxeck 4 years ago

      Nice tattoos with great sayings! How about more sayings over success, inner power and positive mentality? Just some ideas :)

      Also let me give you another quick suggestion. There is a lot of sayings but I think some sayings will be lovely filled with some visuals, that depends on each person of course, but then it would be awesome to see some writing ideas mixed with animals for example.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HELP ME.. I wont a tatto about being brought up by my dad and stepmam instead of my mam, only a short one that sums it up.. id be gratful for any suggestions thanks.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like inspirational quotes but not in form of tattoo unless it is temporary one :-)

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      You have such a fantastic collection of inspirational quotes. Great lens!

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      Jeph Maystruck 4 years ago from Regina, SK

      Amazing! I don't know where you find this stuff wow! Keep it up!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't think I'll ever have one but I like looking at in others.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I like short and sweet (and temporary). Great ideas!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I love these lovely quotes but don't want a tattoo :)

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      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      After looking at this lens I am thinking about a tattoo!! First ever.

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      budypiasa 4 years ago

      Great information. I have a blog that tell about tattoos for women. You can visit it for review my blog.

      Half Sleeve Tattoos for Women

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What's the font?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I won't be getting a tattoo but this has been an inspiring and meditative time....ready to press on again! This is standing out to me at the moment, "Confidence is courage at ease." (-Daniel Maher). "Have Faith"...the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.....thank you! :)

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      tattoosbymike 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for providing the nice info in this blog. Tattoos India.

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      SteppingRasor 5 years ago

      I also like the ones that does not come with pain. Nice lens and they are sexy if worn correctly.

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      Great ideas

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some great quotes. I like the one: " Canis Canem Edit ". very fitting for this day and age.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I like the temporary ones :)

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      MissKeenReviewer 5 years ago

      I've been considering to have a tattoo for a long time now but still a sissy in doing it. But your selection here is inspiring. Perahsp one day I will...

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      If I were going to get a tattoo, these would be great choices.

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      CraftyandClever 5 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      I love tattoos but especially ones with meaning. The meaning behind tattoos are great stories I love to hear.

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      ghoulfriend 5 years ago

      Can I like them all? Very inspiring...

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Love the tattoo "Inspire Integrity" - if I were to get one it would be "Truth For It's Own Sake"

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I really like the Keep calm and carry on tattoo quote. Blessings**