50 Best Tattoo Quotes & Short Inspirational Sayings For Your Next Ink

Short inspirational tattoo ideas and designs to keep you motivated every single day.

Getting tattoos are often so important and meaningful to a person so why not ink an inspirational quote? Tattoos can be done spontaneously or planned out specifically, so let us give you some inspiration for your next one.

Whether you choose a quote tattoo that you love from the list below and plan to go within a month, or you happen to remember one of the following quotes when its a Friday night tattoo roulette kind of night, there’s plenty of ideas to get some great designs flowing for a one-of-a-kind piece of art to put right on your skin.

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You can pull from these inspirational quotes for other reasons apart from tattoos as well.

These are timeless quotes that won’t go out of style and can be relevant for the rest of your tattoo’s life.

If you are getting your first tattoo, consider one of these timeless quotes for your first so that it can be a wise choice when you show your mom three years after you get it. Getting your first tattoo is a huge deal, so choosing what you want to be inked on your skin is important.

Take into account something that won’t be silly when you are older as well! While a giant cartoon dog face on your back may be cute when you are 19, think about when you are 45 and headed to the pool or beach with your family. Think about if you want this tattoo to be visible at that age of your life and on. While you can get a tattoo removed, the process is longer and more expensive (and painful!) than getting the tattoo in the first place — so be cautious.

Also, let’s agree to never get a boyfriend or girlfriend’s name tattooed … because we saw what happened with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson so now we can learn from their mistakes.

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Keep on reading to find out what inspirational quotes and tattoo sayings that you can get inked on your body! Have fun and be creative!

1. Holding Hands arm tattoo.

(holding hands)

2. Dreamy arm tattoo.

Don’t dream your life live your dream

3. Moon tattoo on your shoulder.

Even the moon, master of the sea, illuminator of the night, has her creators 

4. Kind wrist tattoo.

Be kind to yourself

5. It goes on tattoo.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on – Robert Frost

6. A tattoo to help you overcome your biggest hurdles.

I’m not what I have done, I’m what I have overcome. 

7. Simple strength tattoo.


8. Beautiful Struggle script tattoo.

Life is a beautiful struggle

9. Conquered Demons poem tattoo.

She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings. -Atticus

10. A back tattoo about taking risks.

Forget the risk and take the fall. If it’s what you want it’s worth it all. 

11. A tattoo that reminds you why you’re here.

I was not built to break

12. Small arm tattoo to help you find the light in your life.

We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in

13. Flowers tattoo that symbolizes something greater.

May the flowers remind you why the rain is necessary 

14. Proof poem tattoo.

She’s proof that you can walk through hell and still be an angel. – r.n. Sin

15. An inspirational tattoo you can look at every day.

She wasn’t looking for a knight she was looking for a sword

16. Stretch mark tattoos.

In the end I want my heart to be covered in stretch marks.

17. Safe poem makes the perfect tattoo inspiration.

And you will keep me safe and you will keep me close and rain will make the flowers grow. – Victor Hugo Les Miserables

18. Les Miserables poem.

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life. -Victor Hugo Les Miserables 

19. Love her but leave her wild poem tattoo.

Love her, but leave her wild.

20. Tiny wrist tattoo.

Be here now.

21. Believe  rib tattoo.

She believed she could so she did.

22. Memories over Dreams collarbone tattoo.

Die with memories, not dreams

23. Imperfection shoulder tattoo.

Imperfection is beauty madness is genius

24. Don’t lose sleep tattoo.

Don’t go losing sleep scared of shadows…

25. Small poem.

After all this time? Always.

26. Robin Williams quote makes a great tattoo.

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. – Robin Williams 1951-2014

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27. Love poem.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. -C.S. Lewis

28. Let It Be tattoo.

Let it BE

29. Fire tattoo.

Find your fire

30. Courage to live back of the arm tattoo.

Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.

31. Live Creatively  tattoo.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. 

32. Courage tattoo.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are. -e.e. cummings

33. A tattoo that talks about your love for books.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. 

34. JmStorm poem tattoo.

Part of her mystery is how she is calm in the storm and anxious in the quiet. -JMStorm

35. Don’t die for Nothing tattoo.

If you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothing

36. Beautiful and unique tattoo.

Imperfection is beauty madness is genius

37. Life quote tattoo.

Live each day as if it were your last

38. Hand made tattoo.

I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions. 

39. Dark quote tattoo.

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness

40. Never Forget tattoo.

Never forget yesterday, but always live for today. You never know what tomorrow can bring, or what it can take away.

41. An important quote makes for a great tattoo.

In Greek, you don’t really say “I miss you.” You say “Mov AeÍheiç,” which is closer to “You are missing from me.”

42. Love and life quote tattoo.

Where you invest your love, you invest your life.

43. Large quote rib tattoo.

I could conquer the world with one hand as long as your holding the other

44. Heart and Mind tattoo.

Always on my mind forever in my heart

45. The In-Between tattoo.

I know I was born and I know that I’ll die the in between is mine

46. Love quote tattoo.

I found the one whom my soul loves. -Song of Salomon 3:4

47. Quote about dreams and love.

Dream without fear love without limits

48. Trust tattoo.

Trust your struggle

49. Blessed ink tattoo.


50. A quote tattoo about chaos and balance.

And the chaos within me found balance

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If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.

Natalia Jaramillo is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics for YourTango.

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