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Tattoo Ideas: Words & Sayings IV

I have 13 tattoos as well as several piercings, and I think they're all pretty cool.

Inspiration From a Quote

The other day, I was watching a documentary on VH1 called RockDoc: The Last Days of Lisa Lopes. Lisa Lopes, better known as "Left Eye" from the all-girl hip-hop group TLC, was killed in a car crash on April 25, 2002, when she and her crew were driving around in Honduras.

They were at the tail end of a 30-day retreat, led by Lisa, that encouraged practicing yoga, fasting, and drinking only concoctions that would cleanse their bodies. A camera crew had been with the entourage the entire time, intent on producing a documentary about the spiritual and physical awakenings the group experienced. There was also a particular focus on Lisa's interest in numerology, and her belief that every day of the year could be broken down to a number from 1 through 9, with 9 being the day of greatest change. The never-before-seen footage ends when the vehicle the cameraman was traveling in (along with Lisa and six others) swerves off the road and crashes.

Earlier in the film, Lisa spoke of the trials she'd faced in her life, her battle with alcoholism and the media frenzy that ensued when she accidentally burned down the expensive home of boyfriend Andre Rison, football player for the Atlanta Falcons. Regarding the obstacles she'd endured and challenges she had faced, Lisa said, "Every struggle is just a preparation for what's to come."

Instantly, I knew that I wanted those words tattooed on my body somewhere prominent. And it got me thinking about all the other people in this world who connect so strongly with a word or a phrase that it becomes imperative that they ink the saying permanently on their skin. To quote the lovely Anaïs Nin: "Before, I almost used to think there was something wrong. Everybody else seemed to have the brakes on. A voice, a phrase was not for them volcanic. I never feel the brakes. I overflow." If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a word must be worth a million stories.


© 2007 Jaclyn Popola


Robyn Grzetic on July 19, 2013:

*Forgiveness fallen down on those who chose to wait..

*Look into the sun and see your soul is dying,

Used to feel the faith but now you're tired of trying,

Should have left alone what you have stolen from everyone.

Theses are two that have great meaning to me.

meme.. on May 02, 2013:

Winners Find A Way...Loosers Find An Excuse

Laura on September 24, 2012:

I remember watching shawshank redemption years ago and I'll never forget this line from Morgan freeman, which I think would be an awesome tat ~Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying~Love It!

mile on May 21, 2012:

I have ''I fly with my own wings'' on my ribs and ''to be irreplaceable you have to be different'' across my back and i love love it.!

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jason on May 03, 2012:

i have on my chest you cant put arms around a memrey

DramaQueen on March 20, 2012:

I LOVE these quotes. Some are from songs, others from books. But, they all are absolutely great. Here-

This Too Shall Pass

2. Every scar has a story

3. Let go. Breathe.

4. Why waste a second, not loving who you are.

5. Defy expectations. Go beyond.

6. Coveted.

7. Love forever.

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns.

9. Beautiful disaster.

10. Are we human, or are we dancers?

11. This heart will start a riot in me.

12. Groan. And forget it.

13. Sunshine comes along. 

14. Cry Freedom.

15. Human, after all. 

16. Move on.

17. Dare To Be Remarkable.

18. When you stop dreaming, you die. 

19. Let your joy, scream against the pain.

20. I took the road not taken.

21. Dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return. 

Samy on March 12, 2012:

My faves

•‘Action speak louder than words, so believe what you see and forget what you heard.’

•'The light will always shine again'

•"Take your broken wings & learn how to fly."

•‘No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise.’

•‘Through the thorns to the stars’

•‘The best way out is always through’

•‘The light will always shine again’

•‘Don’t follow the path, make one’

•‘There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going’

•‘Fall seven times, stand eight’

•‘Live To Regret, Not Regret To Live’

•‘Everything I’m not makes me everything I am’

•‘Karma is a Bitch’

•'The rain makes the sun shine brighter'

•‘The stronger the rain the stronger the sun’

•‘The harder the RAIN the brighter the SUN’

•‘One Life, One Chance’

•‘It Is What It Is’

•‘It’s not about surviving the storm but learning how to dance in the rain’

•‘LIVE for something or DIE for nothing"

I believe the lows in life are matched by highs. So dwelling on the past just delays the chances to live life the way it’s suppose to be lived. Don’t waste opportunities to make highs even higher and do all you can to shallow the lows.. Live is about living so live life to its fullest.

Nicolas on February 22, 2012:

Hey, i'm getting this for my 18 birthday on my ribs:

"If you ask me

What I came into

This world to do

I will tell you

I came to live out loud"

Any thoughts!???

pinkmini on February 21, 2012:

I simply CANNOT believe someone has to advertise for a d&m (deep & meaningful) phrase to be cut into their body. I agree with one post here - Get A Life!

Tye on February 21, 2012:

I have inked on my thigh; for everyday I rise I thank you, no longer scared to die here, shed my last tears, conquered all fears, see you when I get there

Charlie on February 13, 2012:

Hey guys I just got a tattoo swirling down and around my left leg on script saying " Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" looks great

Brianna Makatura on February 12, 2012:

I really liked a phrase from earlier in the post

"the greatest love is to love yourself"

but I'm thinking of getting it in Hungarian as

"A legnagyobb a szerelem a szeretet magad"

ricky^racoon on February 07, 2012:

i had one at my right foot


Jenny on February 06, 2012:

The bond between a mother & child will never fall apart, Always bound together by the beating of one anothers heart.

Lee on February 05, 2012:

"Death is only hard on the living"

I am going to get "R.I.P Steve" under it :)

ashley on January 31, 2012:

"kill em' with kindness"

Ashley on January 30, 2012:

Not sure when I'll get it, but when I do, my tattoo is going to say "watch your words spread hope like fire". It's lyrics from an Angels & Airwaves song :) Love it!

gugumi on January 29, 2012:

time for me

kelly on January 27, 2012:

nothing about love really but what about 'keep holding on' avril lavigne

Beth on January 26, 2012:

so i want a little quote or lyric from a song about true love. its going to go on my side and i don't want nothing too long.

Sophiie on January 20, 2012:

I have read allyour comments and honestly tears came to my eyes, ive sufferd a hell of a lot over the past years, deaths in family and also death of my baby. I have scars from which i have survived fights with my family mentally and physically, im looking for a quote to do with bravery and also something can prove no matter how many scars i have i can live my life asif i haven't any??? It'll mean a lot to me if yoou give suggestions. x

kindle on January 19, 2012:

Thanks for the wonderful tattoo ideas, I am getting one in four days. This post has some wonderful suggestions.

My boys x on January 18, 2012:

I am planning to get my first tattoo for my 2 sons! Any1 got any ideas for a tattoo for me- My 2 little boys are the best thing that has ever happened to me.... Any ideas?

mrRight on January 17, 2012:

"C'est toujours un autre coeur qui nous fait sentir le notre" - It's french, and it basically means: It's always another heart that makes us feel our own.

I like that saying!

Roxana on January 10, 2012:

'She has wings to fly'

Sarah on January 09, 2012:

I want a tattoo on the inside of my forearm but need to choose from these quotes:

No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise

Through the thorns to the stars

The best way out is always through

The light will always shine again"

Don’t follow the path, make one

There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going

Fall seven times, stand eight.

Have faith

Only the strong survive

Even the best fall down sometimes

what one do you thinks the best

Clayton on January 08, 2012:

"You can learn to love anything, even a bird in a cage will sing a song, even if its wrong, even if it kills you in the end"

Emily on January 03, 2012:

I'm turning 16 in march and want to get a tattoo for my mom nd grandma . My grandmas a 10 ur cancer surviver nd my mom Is 7year survive also. I want to get on that says

"take your broken wings & learn how to fly." I want this on my side along with a bird flying . But I'm afraid it's tacky, and ideas ?!

Part of a poem I wrote on December 31, 2011:

"A tortured soul, bound by chains and set free by faith, now living in his grace"

hayli on December 28, 2011:


i have a tattoo in memory of my dad.

i have daddy on the top of my right wrist with a cross.

Floyd on December 28, 2011:

My wife and I have a deal. Which ever dies first the living spouse gets a tattoo on the left ass cheek that says "LEFT BEHIND"

lee on December 15, 2011:

Some people wonder why I do the things I do, I wonder why they don't.

Chambers05 on December 11, 2011:

all above is helpful and exciting to read but my grandad has recently passed away :( and im getting a tattoo to remember him by which is a cross with wings high lighted in red from shoulder blade to shoulder blade am just thinking of a quote such as

"God Has Taken You, May Your Sole Rest In Peace, One Day We Will Meet Again"

"I Will Always Believe In You, Forever & Always"

and one that i read above n loved it "Because He Loved Me, I Stand Strong"

(hope these help others too) but is there any more that are better than these? please help

thank you

matty on December 05, 2011:

im 16, and im getting my first tatto in a few months on my peck where your heart is, i want something meaningful yet inspirational about love and life, can anyone help ,i want it to be a short quote. any help please ? maximum of 8 words

Troy on November 27, 2011:


Troy on November 27, 2011:

I have got on my left arm which is a sleeve ... On my tricep I have ... "pocket full of dreams" and on my forearm I have "serendipity .. Hapiness will find you" they mean a lot to me and I love them.

Emma on November 27, 2011:

Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams

Love the life you live, Live the life you love.

Live...Love and suffer...But never learn to surrender

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

Dream as if you live forever.Live as if you die today

Everything im not makes me everything i am

Life is a beautiful struggle

Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself

Love yourself for untill you do no one else can

Can anyone translate any of these into Latin? would really appreciate it as i'm getting my tattoo on thursday.Thankss :) x

Anirudh on November 25, 2011:

can someone please suggest words or lines for a father to describe his love for his just born daughter. A line, when shes grows up makes sense to her and understand the pain her father took to describe how much she loves her and will love her.

Me on November 22, 2011:

Steph84 i love it !! So strong and powerful :)

I am going to get "Telle est la vie" which is "such is life" on my back/shoulder!!

cant wait!

Love all the comments, so helpful.

All the best x

steph84 on November 16, 2011:

what does every one think about this one....

a life lived lying is a life half lived????

vinny on November 15, 2011:

Tatoo quote pleas?

4 small words for the edge of my outer arm?

Dawn on November 12, 2011:

saying "always listen to your inner voice" or

"your inner voice is aways right" I don't know which one yet?

gray on November 11, 2011:

so excited to have mine in a couple of'll say LOVE IS WAR IM A SOLDIER lyrics from the song bed by from my mid chest til my shoulders like the one samuel larsen has..;)

albi on November 07, 2011:

hey guys! I'm from albania...i want to do a tatto in my hand,a short phrase...can you give me any ideas??

brian on November 04, 2011:

''no brightness shine like the light of hope, in the clear wide eyes of a child''

Sophie on November 04, 2011:

I have

''Love is the only passion that does not suffer past or future'' on my ribs in french.

Want something for my foot about the hope of a child? not sure what to get though?

Newby on November 03, 2011:

What do you guys think of "while u breathe.. I believe"

Janine on October 27, 2011:

I have 8 tattoos I love them so much. I have 2 on my belly, shooting stars either side of my belly button. I have 'Mum' on the back of my left shoulder and 'Dad' on the back of my right shoulder. I have one going down my right hand from my little finger and round my wrist, one on my left wrist and the biggest one across the base of my back. The last one on the top of my right shoulder. Most of them have stars involved in them as stars have a personal meaning to me.

There has been a tattoo I have wanted to get now for a few years and I want it to be my last tattoo (unless I have children.)

The saying that I want is:

'Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.'

The only problem I am having is I have no idea where to put it on my body. The thing with me is that I like to have tattoos where I can see them. I am aware that this may not be possible with this tattoo as it contains 13 words and can be classed as a long saying. I am slim and just cannot think where I could put this tattoo where it will not look bad or manly.

Any comments and suggestions would be helpful. I am a bit stuck on ideas.


Kenzee on October 26, 2011:

The only text one I have so far is "Because she loved me, I stand strong" on the top of my foot with a purple iris for my great grandma. It was her favorite flower and she was an amazing person. I have an ambigram that says love one way and pain the other and I want another one that says dream/faith. Also, i have an old gnarled oak tree with the roots showing because oak trees represent strength, wisdom, and courage and in some races its a symbol of love and trust and family. I'm getting a quote with it but I can't decide between two.

-"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."

-"Wisdom ceases to be wisdome when you're too grave to laugh, too proud to weep, and too selfish to seek other than yourself."

I'm about to get a tattoo with my bestfriend (corny yes i know but she is more family to me than my family has been) which will have a quote derived from one on here. I love tattoos and the meaning behind them! I love sites like this where people with tattoos or getting one can come and discuss

sarah on October 26, 2011:

"stand on the shoulders of giants"

"To fear the future is to hate the past"

"The light will always shine again"

"There is a thorn with every rose"

"Every rose has a thorn"

"Don't regret, don't forget, Move forward "

"Strength it to smile when inside you're crying"

"My eyes have seen so many things, My heart been broken into two, But all that matters now, Is that God gave me you"

brad c on October 23, 2011:

love all

trust none

across my chest

Tyler on October 06, 2011:

i have shit happens and life goes on inside my left arm

Mary on October 05, 2011:

My idea:

No lies Just love..( i want to make on my back)

Everybody leave...

Action speak louder than words,so believe what you see and forget what you heard.

Aroura on October 05, 2011:

Hey I'm looking to get my second tattoo on my ribs. I want a rest in peace saying or quote for my brother who died. Anyone have any ideas?

Haley on September 23, 2011:

If you don't stand for something ull fall for anything :-)

Tyndalltkd on September 21, 2011:

Hey guys,

I have 'life starts now' on my lower back (from the Three Days Grace album of the same name)

And I'm getting the lyrics to 'if today was your last day' by Nickelback on my ribs next :)

Angel on September 20, 2011:

i have on my leg "Just because a person doesn't love you the way you want....doesn't mean they don't love you with all that they have..."

i also have "live for something or die for nothing"

and "when the rich wage war its the poor who die"

i love them but deffo want another in my chest

Chelsea on September 11, 2011:

getting "I need you like water in my lungs" tatted under my left boob on ribs this month woohooooo

all terrible on September 05, 2011:

ALL TERRIBLE! only God can judge me is soooo used

claire on August 12, 2011:

i only have one tattoo of my childrens names on my wrist.but going to get "live for today as tomorrow is never promised" on my side across my ribs.

sashh on August 12, 2011:

"inspired by lovers, motivated by haters"

Pellle on August 09, 2011:

This too shall pass..

On my left sholder.

Bye, bye Pelle

Kandace on August 08, 2011:

I'm planning on getting one in couple of months, when I turn 18. But I'm not sure what I want it to say. I want it short and either on my rib cage, under my boob, or on my wrist. I want it to be like "Be Strong" or "Peace" in a different language or something like that. I just want to stay strong and not to let things bother me so much... just peace. It can be a quote or bible verse. I don't care. Just help! :)

die hard taig on July 26, 2011:

Tiocfaidh Ar La!!!

mharú go léir Protastúnaigh!!!!!!!!!


Tom on July 25, 2011:

-Never forgive never forget

-You reap what you sow

Ely. on July 23, 2011:

Im Only 13 At The Moment,But By 17 My Mother Is Letting Me Get ONE Tattoo.

And Ive ALWAYS Wanted To Get "Imperfection Is Perfection"

But Either On My Wrist,Or On The Side Of My Arm.

Is That A Good Idea?

Oh,Im Just SO Into The Tattoo/Piercing Idea.

Samantha on July 21, 2011:

I'm 18 and I'm getting a tattoo in a couple weeks.

I'm getting it on my left side (hip).

I want like a quote or a word, but I can't decide on which one.

"Shipwrecked but Unsinkable"

"What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"

"It's not about surviving the storm but learning how to dance in the rain"

"Everything Happens for a Reason"


"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow."

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

"Giving up doesn't always me you're weak, sometimes it just means you're strong enough to let go"

kel on July 20, 2011:

walk on with hope in your heart & you will never walk alone.

N on July 18, 2011:

* Who I was yesterday made me who I am today* down the side of my rib/stomach area.

Its more of a live and learn phrase, knowing that everything happens for a reason

Any comments?

Kailyn on July 14, 2011:

I want the saying "Love is the only reality."

I heard it one day, and it just hit me. I heard it after my husband and I were going through a rough time. It just really struck me as a perfect saying in the time I needed it.

becky on July 08, 2011:

i like this one but it seems a little bit to depressing

(The way we used to be,

Before my mistake,

In ruining our love.

My mind is yours,

My heart is yours,

All i see is you,

I can do everything imaginable,

that was the power of our love,

Now its gone,

Now I need help

To mend my mistake,

I need your help,

My love.

To get back to the way we used to be...)

jenn on July 07, 2011:

i had a stroke about 4 years ago and i just wanted a word to go under my amr. so could you help me!

Ella on June 29, 2011:


So i'm 17 and i've decided to get my first tattoo on the side of my stomach.I wanna tattoo about persistence,never giving up,you know sth that's going to push me forward(''metaphorically'')...

P.S i want small tattoo,like one sentence with 7-8 words.


allen on May 16, 2011:

No Regrets, Only Lessons Learned

Sarah on May 10, 2011:

These are all beautiful! My favourite is Even the darkest hour has only 60 minutes :)

MISSMOLLY on May 04, 2011:

"It Is What It Is"

Short but very powerful.

Im thinking of getting it on my foot!

Mee on April 18, 2011:

"Love is emotional Russian roulette"

Love it! it's from sex and the city by Carrie Bradshaw.

Anon on April 15, 2011:

"Brave the storm"

Ankit Vyas on April 08, 2011:

HOOw abt Lights Camera.... Meh

Renee on April 03, 2011:

To Mo, incase you still check this site out. About the abusive relationships and now being free & strong. How about "She flies on her own wings..."

Dazzzz on April 03, 2011:

im thinking about having

"One Life, One Chance"

on the outside of my left forearm in fancy writing...what you guys think?

CaityCatty on March 22, 2011:

Im looking for a worded tattoo that i can get for my 16th birthday something representing my mum, as she has gone through a lot (stroke) help please

i was also thinking

I FLY xxx

( on my left wrist meaning either I F***ing love you or i am higher than the rest)

Riksel on March 21, 2011:

"WHAT KILLS ME,ONLY MAKES ME STRONGER" sounds way more cooler on your chest and "MY ANGER BRINGS THE BEST IN ME" way cooler in your arms....


Sayrah on February 27, 2011:

* sorry for misprint in comment above. ... i meant neck not meck lol

Sayrah on February 27, 2011:

Hey i was wondering if u guyz can help me pls. .... i wanna get a small textual tattoo going across the back of my meck in arabic. My grandma passed away and she meant everything to me and i really miss her so i wanted to get something in memory of her preferably in arabic beacause its pretty and something not too big. she used to say the phrase

"what's for you won't pass you"


"apple of my eye"

so should i get thrm tattood?? or hav u guys any suggestions pls? i would greatly appreciate it thanks :)

Aep* on February 22, 2011:

This sites awesome!Everyone has beautiful ideas..those hating...don't u have anything better to do then give people shit who are doing nothing but giving ideas, sharing experience & helping out..come on really...I Personally have been trying to come up w a new tat idea for sometime..i rly want something on my wrist in latin but my ideas are too long...I love the quotes " I Believe That Life Is A Prize, But to Live Doesn't mean Your Alive" and I want to add strength to it somehow..any ideas?

Cc on February 18, 2011:

The rain makes the sun shine brighter. -CRH

Julie on February 16, 2011:

live with passion :)getting it tommorrow.

Hammer on February 14, 2011:

latin meannings...

* Acta non verba - Action not words

* A fortiori - With yet stronger reason

* Amor est vitae essentia - Love is the essence of life. ~ Robert B. Mackay

* Aude sapere - Dare to know

* Bene qui latuit, bene vixit - One who lives well, lives unnoticed. ~ Ovid

* Bibere venenum in auro - Drink poison from a cup of gold

* Contra mundum - Against the world

* Custos morum - Guardian of morals

* Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia - Patience is the cure for all suffer

* Dimidium facti qui coepit habet - Half is done when the beginning is done. ~ Horace

* Dum vita est spes est - While life is, hope is.

Hammer on February 14, 2011:

This from pulp fiction..Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children.

tiff on February 06, 2011:

hey guys im getting a tatto on my foot i have made my design and to top it off i want just one word that is very meaning ful got any suggestions???

Sher on February 05, 2011:

I need your grace to remind me to find my own

Delilah on February 04, 2011:

I just got one for my 16th birthday, it's on my wrist and says "nosce te ipsum" which means "know yourself" in latin. :)

i love it. i'd also like "avere fide" (have faith) to go on my right shoulder.

tharwell on February 03, 2011:

i'm about to get a abigram of my last name which is harwell going down my side.

amanda on January 29, 2011:

I would like a tattoo in memory of my friend who died when she was 9. She drowned in the sea. I was wanting something lyrical or just words. I was thinking about 'The waves were to strong.' but im not sure. Any ideas ????

I don't do names.

Tyler on January 15, 2011:

@Soph don't cry because its over, smile because its happened is a good one for some one who passed who wanted it to be that way....

buck on January 13, 2011:

dumbest tards on the earth

Soph on January 12, 2011:

Theres some many great idea here already ive come across a few sayings/quotes while looking for ideas for my tat. Some are;

Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened.

Forget what you want and remember what you deserve.

Do i turn right where nothing is left? Or left where nothing is right?

Love conquers all

Stay true

Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.

The minute you start caring what other people think is the minute you stop being yourself.






Like i said theres so many great idea here already but theres a few more to add in to the mix :)

paige on January 09, 2011:

im getting one that says "imagination is the one weapon in war against reality"

i love it!

Leticia AGAIN on January 06, 2011:

Annnd, MANNY, you should start with something a little bit smaller...

IF you see that you won't regret, then you do this one you said.