Quotes are powerful, because words are powerful. Languages were invented so human beings could express their thoughts, and everyday we see these thoughts condensed into small phrases that remind us that we are all experiencing the same human condition. Quotes are a reminder of our humanity, an undeniable acknowledgement of the human condition throughout time and space. Quotes are the essence of a thought in its simplest form. A quote tattoo is an expression of personal philosophy that unearths like minded people. A quote can be simple, or complex, it can be notorious, or obscure, a quote is an attempt rationalize a mad world through a single phrase. In this article you will find 100 quote and letter tattoos to inspire your intellect and creativity.
This rib tattoo shows stylized black text presented over a smear of blue and purple watercolors.
Exaggerated loops in the S and G give a little character to this dainty wrist tattoo.
Simple black script spells out an illegible quote on the wearer’s forearm.
“It Is What It Is”
A stylized form of script is used to spell out “it is what it is” on the wearer’s forearm. The quote conveys an acceptance of life’s woes.
“Every Saint…Every Sinner…”
A stylized form of cursive is used to create the quote, “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.” The quote boils down to the fact that we can’t judge people based on their current situation.
Script font is used to spell “Grateful” on the wearer’s foot.
“I’m Not Afraid…”
A script font spells out the phrase, “I’m not afraid, At least not to die, I’m afraid to live, and not remember why.” The quote signifies the wearer’s quest for meaning in their life.
“Francisco” is spelled out in cursive, over top a heart and flower in this forearm tattoo.
“…Live Your Dream”
“Don’t dream your life, live your dream” is spelled out in cursive on the wearer’s forearm. The quote is meant to inspire observers and the wearer to pursue their passions.
Once again we see the quote, “Stay Strong.” This time the piece is located on the wearer’s shoulder and the cursive font is embellished with a black and gray feather.
A reference to the bible verse, James 1:2, is located on the back of the wearer’s neck. The verse reads, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” The verse pleads for readers to embrace their difficulties and enjoy the opportunity.
“Each Day is a Gift…”
A quote reading, “Each day is a gift and not a give right,” is embellished with surrounding scroll work and a bow. This quote urges observes to appreciate every fleeting moment they are granted.
“We Define Ourselves…”
A powerful quote in a straightforward font asks for the reader to forget the injustices committed against them and to embrace their better nature.
Black script font spells out the word “Enough” in this tattoo.
“For those I love…”
“For those I love I will sacrifice” is spelled out in bold, black cursive writing on the wearer’s thigh.
“…Darkest Before Dawn”
“The night is darkest before dawn” is spelled out in an elaborate script on the wearer’s chest.
“Love is all…”
A heart accents a cursive quote that reads, “Love is all or nothing.” The quote speaks to the power and fleeting nature of love.
“Love Yourself” is spelled out in cursive along the wearer’s forearm. I could assume the quote is meant to boost the wearer’s self esteem. However, given the location, I prefer to believe the tattoo is a tongue in cheek masturbation joke.
This quote baffles me. “Trust your struggle” is tattooed in cursive just below the wearer’s elbow. Am I trusting the ultimate destination of the struggle or trusting that I will continue to struggle or trusting my ability to struggle?
“Magic” is spelled out on the wearer’s forearm with the “a” replaced by a triangle symbol.
“…Let it kill you”
“Find what you love and let it kill you” is spelled out in multiple fonts on the wearer’s forearm. The quote is accented with some red flourishes and sits above a realistic heart. Given the sentiment of the quote I think the phrase is wildly appropriate for exotic pet owners and extreme sports enthusiasts.
“How strange it is to be anything at all” is pictured in the middle of an elaborate design in this tattoo. This beautiful quote is from the song, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel.
“Faith” is seemingly chiseled into the wearer’s forearm in this imaginative tattoo. The tattoo symbolizes that the wearer’s faith is set in stone, or unshakable.
“Don’t ever let life pass you by”
A graffiti style is used to create the quote, “Don’t ever let life pass you by.” The quote is meant to inspire observers to embrace life and live to the fullest.
Andrea and Sienna
Two subtle tattoos commemorate the births of Andrea and Sienna in a black script with scroll embellishments.
“Still I Rise.”
“Still I Rise.” is written in a basic font on the wearer’s wrist. The quote signifies the wearer’s persistence.
Beautiful flowers overlap a quote expressing, “You know you’re in love when you don’t fall” in this lively arm tattoo.
“Beautiful” is spelled out on the wearer’s shoulder in letters of varying thickness.
“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Tamed”
A unique font utilizing scrolls spells out the phrase, “Wild hearts can’t be tamed.”
H A S D
This tattoo is an absolute mystery to me, I can’t speak to what the lines or the letters represent.
“…Wish Right Now”
A quote from B.o.B.’s song “Airplanes” is spelled out in cursive on the wearer’s back. The quote reads, “I could really use a wish right now.”
“She’s a Rare Breed…”
“She’s a rare breed, matter fact, she’s an endangered species. her heart’s been broken and just like mine it remains in pieces. but everytime we’re near each other smile is all we can do, our shattered souls intertwine, know i’ve felt the same agonizing pain that she’s been through. I find comfort in her grasp so i reach out with both arms…”
“California” is spelled out in the same font and color used on the state license plates.
The phrase “be happy” always puts me in mind of the Bobby McFerrin song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Here, the quote “be happy” is spelled in cursive on the wearer’s bicep.
“With faith comes hope” is spelled out in a very sloppy cursive (comes is almost illegible) on the wearer’s ribs.
“The best day of your life…”
This well-written tattoo is easy to read and is styled after the print style of old books. Notice, the capital letters are enlarged and use a more ornate font while the lowercase “F” loops down like a Y or G.
The letter “E” is represented in cursive and detailed with a small heart at the end of the letter.
“REDRUM” is spelled out on the wearer’s back in a style that imitates knife wounds. The phrase that appears carved in this man’s flesh is murder spelled backwards and is prevalent in many pirate tales.
“Breathe.” Is spelled out in a simple font on the wearer’s wrist. I think this is a quote that everyone can appreciate. I can personally attest to the fact that it’s good to breathe, hell, I’d even call it essential.
“Mia” is spelled in thin black cursive and is embellished with a heart. The tattoo is located on the wearer’s ribs.
“Free” is spelled in a delicate font on the wearer’s hand.
“Love Her, Respect Him”
A cute couples tattoo that reads “Love her” on the man’s arm and “Respect Him” on the woman’s arm in an ornate scrolled font.
A nonsensical quote reading “send me” is shown on the back of the wearer’s heels in a black, cursive font.
“…Make it a Good One, Eh?”
This quote is livened up with colored, block letters and a red bow. The quote reads, “We’re all stories in the end just make it a good one Eh?”
“Lucy and Arlo”
The names “Lucy and Arlo” are portrayed in black cursive on the wearer’s forearm.
Sheet music is shown on the wearer’s upper right back in this tattoo.
Three intersecting circles are comprised of Latin words in this top of the back tattoo.
“Makers Gonna Make”
Makers are destined to make, much like the ballers are going to ball, the go-getters are driven to go and get, and of course players are compelled to play.
“Smile” is written a few inches beneath a potentially malignant mole on the right side of the wearer’s back.
In an allusion to Harry Potter the word “Fidelius” is tattooed on the wearer’s foot.
“All That is Gold”
This poem is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel, The Lord of the Rings.
The initials “JNR” are surrounded by scroll work in this black and gray wrist tattoo.
“…Stand Up Eight”
“Fall down seven times, get up eight,” is a Japanese proverb that expresses the resiliency of the human spirit.
“Isabella Lynn” is accompanied by a footprint and hand print in this tattooed commemoration.
“Still I Rise”
“Still I Rise” comprises the stem of a rose in this tattoo that celebrates human resolve.
“She laughs without fear of the future”
“She laughs without fear of the future,” is written in cursive on the wearer’s thigh. The quote is taken from proverbs 31:25.
“No Music, No Life”
“No Music No Life” and the word “Music” are spelled out in red and black ink over a collage of musical symbols in this bicep tattoo.
An excerpt of the J.R.R. Tolkien poem we saw earlier is quoted on the wearer’s thigh.
“Love Her, Love Him”
A couple shows off their finger tattoos saying, “Love Her” and “Love Him.”
“The End” is spelled out below the wearer’s elbow.
A stylized “J” is embellished with a wing in the upper left of the wearer’s back.
“By Grace” is quoted in black script on the wearer’s forearm.
“Avdio, Video, Disco”
Three words, Avido, Video, and Disco are spelled out in a runic styled font on the wearer’s bicep.
A ring with the letter “R” is found on the wearer’s left ring finger.
“Beloved” is spelled out in blue script on the wearer’s forearm.
“Love Never Fails”
“Love Never Fails” is written on the wearer’s chest in a script embellished with white highlights.
“For All the Bad”
“For all the bad that seems to plagues us, I swear to you there’s good” is written in black script on the wearer’s forearm.
Once again we see a quote urging us to partake in a necessary biological function.
“…Grant Me the Serenity…”
The upper left of the wearer’s back reads, “God, grant the…Serenity to accept the things I cannot change…Courage to change the things I can…and Wisdom to know the difference…” in black and red script.
The wearer’s forearm appears to be cracking and the chipped away flesh spells the word, “Inspire.”
“I will make better mistakes tomorrow”
The wearer’s thigh reads, “I will make better mistakes tomorrow” in black script. The quote is a charmingly sarcastic commentary on optimism.
“Ely rules” is written in a stylized gray font across the wearer’s forearm. This classless tattoo is proof that, while are words are quotable, not all words are worth quoting.
“Through every dark night…”
Relentless optimism is expressed in this quote reading, “Through every dark night, there is a brighter day.”
“Untouchable” is written across the wearer’s forearm in stylized script. However, the wearer’s claim can be easily discredited by poking him in the face.
“Stay” is written across the wearer’s knuckles in a stylized font.
This quote from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 reads, “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
“Good thing” is written in simple font across the wearer’s left wrist. While the tattoo may have deeper meaning, I choose to believe the wearer thinks very highly of his wrist.
“E and M”
The letters “E” and “M” are represented in an infinity sign on the wearer’s wrist. The tattoo symbolizes that the two lovers will be together forever.
Mind Over Matter
This tattoo symbolizes mind over matter. A cliche, but optimistic, a saying that emphasizes the triumph of the human spirit.
“A” Paper Plane
A paper plane is embellished with a script “a” on the wearer’s wrist.
A series of blacked out symbols runs down the wearer’s spine in this tattoo.
“I would have…”
“I would have followed you my brother my captain my kind” is written on the wearer’s rib cage. Three arrows accent the quote and separate the phrases my brother, my captain, and my king.
“Life doesn’t stop…”
“Life doesn’t stop for anybody” is written in black cursive along the wearer’s forearm. This tattoo signifies that life goes on, regardless of circumstance and perspective.
An unfurled scroll reads “My family is the compass that guides me, they are my inspiration to reach great heights, and my comfort when I occasionally falter.” A quill pen lays across the scroll and seal reading “Misty” is shown at the bottom of the tattoo.
“One Life, One Love”
A couples tattoo showing a king’s crown and the phrase “One Life” on the man’s arm and a queen’s crown and the phrase “One Love” on the woman’s arm.
“Let it go…”
“Let it go- let them go- let all go- so comes love” is written in simple font along the wearer’s rib cage.
An Elven language quote wraps around the wearer’s bicep in this tattoo.
“I’d Rather Die On My Feet Than Live On My Knees” is written in a stylized font along the wearer’s bicep.
“Beautiful” Second Angle
A second angle of the “beautiful” tattoo we saw earlier.
An excerpt is written on the wearer’s forearm in plain font.
“Without struggle there is no progress” is quoted on the bottom right of the wearer’s back.
“Ad infinitum” is written on the in black script on the wearer’s ribs. The phrase means on and on, the same way, forever.
I can’t decipher what this script tattoo says.
This proverb is written in script and emphasizes the words she, strength, dignity, and laughs with larger, more elaborate font.
Bright colors including blue, red, and orange comprise the illegible cursive that runs the length of the wearer’s forearms.
“I am because you are” is quoted along the wearer’s forearm in black script.