27 Quote Tattoos to Inspire Your Next Ink

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pLike the author Joyce Meyer once said: change your words, change your life. This mantra can also apply to tattoos. Words have the power to transform your perspective, and can often inspire you to do some amazing things, so if you want to give yourself a permanent reminder of your favorite word or phrase, nothing is more impactful than a few quote tattoos.

The best (and perhaps most overwhelming) part about the design is that the options are endless. Whether you want to find inspirational tattoo quotes about strength, self-love, relationships, or permanently etch a line from your favorite movie, song lyric, or poem onto you skin — the sky is the limit with what you can get. Even when you're feeling philosophical, guess what? There are quote tattoo ideas that can help you capture all those existential thoughts that you're having. Regardless of whether you want something small and sentimental or a piece of ink that is going to make you and others think, sometimes quote tattoos about life can help capture a sentiment better than anything else can.

Regardless if you like big or small designs, meaningful tattoo quotes can be placed anywhere on your body, depending on if you want to keep the design hidden or if you want the phrase out in the open as a daily reminder for yourself whenever you look at it. Either way, if you're looking for body art that represents you, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful and motivational quotes for tattoos that will change your point of view for the better. From quote tattoos for your arm, chest, shoulder, or wrist, there's a little something for everything in the slides ahead.

We hope these ideas will give you the inspiration you need to head to the tattoo shop. Keep scrolling to see them all.

"Handle With Care" Quote Tattoo

The tiny, delicate typewriter font used for this quote tattoo located on the bicep makes it feel more personal yet still chic.

"Baby You Are Magic" Tattoo

This ink is a constant reminder of self-love, and reads, "baby you are magic," which is a great inspirational tattoo quote.

"Keep Searching, Keep Growing" Quote Design

If you want to keep your ink hidden, the side of the hip is a great spot for a long tattoo quote.

"Sh*t Happens" Tattoo

Quote tattoos don't need to be serious; they can be funny like this "sh*t happens" piece located on the lower bicep.

"Be Yourself. Does Anyone Care?" Quote Tattoo

Live authentically with this quote as a daily reminder that you should be the only person you're trying to impress.

"Strength Is What We Gain From the Madness We Survive" Tattoo

This quote tattoo that reads "strength is what we gain from the madness we survive," paired with a butterfly, signals transformation and growth.

"Be Brave" Tattoo Design

This simple quote tattoo located on the lower bicep/upper forearm needs no further explanation.

"Vulnerability Is Not Weakness" Tattoo

The top of the foot is a unique spot for your ink, and we think this quote tattoo that reads "vulnerability is not weakness" is a great daily reminder.

"What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through Life" Quote Tattoo Idea

Long quote tattoos work particularly well running down the spine, like this one that reads "what matters most is how well you walk through life."

"I Am Enough" Tattoo Quote

You'll always remember your worth with this meaningful tattoo quote that reads "I am enough."

"Positive Mental Attitude" Quote Tattoo

Your inspirational tattoo quote will look especially pretty running along your ribcage, but the actual words are what we love the most: "positive mental attitude."

"Silver Lining" Tattoo Design

The collarbone is an unconventional yet genius spot for a small quote tattoo. This design reads "silver lining."

"Know Your Worth" Quote Tattoo

This tattoo quote about strength reads "know your worth" and serves as a constant reminder to practice a bit of extra self-love.

"Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow" Script Tattoo

This quote tattoo reads "rain will make the flowers grow," which is a reminder that something good will come out of even your darkest days.

"If You Want to Fly, Give Up Everything That Weighs You Down" Quote Tattoo Idea

A long quote tattoo works great on the upper thigh, as you have a bit of extra space to work with. This one that reads "if you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down."

"God Is a Woman" Tattoo

Whether you're an Ariana Grande fan or this is just your personal belief, this small quote tattoo speaks for itself.

"Aquí y Ahora" Tattoo Design

This quote tattoo is in Spanish and translates to "here and now," which serves as a reminder to be present.

"No Matter Where; No Matter What" Inspirational Tattoo Quote

If you want to get a matching quote tattoo with a friend or family member, there are plenty of different options, but this quote is especially great, with one reading "no matter where," and the other reading "no matter what."

"Be the Child You Were" Tattoo Design

This meaningful quote tattoo is on the inner bicep and reads: "be the child you were."

"See the Good" Small Quote Tattoo

This "see the good" quote tattoo is a nice little reminder to yourself to contemplate the lens with which you look at the world.

"Why Not?" Quote Tattoo

This two-word phrase, "why not," is a simple matching quote tattoo idea that can fit anywhere on the body.

"Don't Just Exist, Live" Inspirational Script Tattoo

The pretty font used for this quote tattoo really elevates the quote, which reads, "don't just exist, live."

"Wild One" Quote Tattoo

This flirty phrase — "wild one" — makes for a great quote tattoo, and the location on the top of the thigh makes it even sexier.

"Trust the Process" Quote Tattoo

This small quote tattoo is simple yet classic and reads "trust the process." It's perfect if you need a timeless design.

"Wish You Were Here" Quote Tattoo

If you want to dedicate a quote tattoo to a loved one, consider this "wish you were here" design, like this one located on the arm.

"Your Now Is Not Your Forever" Quote Tattoo

If you need a daily reminder that when things aren't going your way, that your circumstances aren't permanent, consider this quote tattoo that reads, "your now is not your forever." Things will always get better.

"Everything Happens For a Reason" Quote Tattoo

This small type quote tattoo reads "everything happens for a reason," and serves as a reminder that nothing is by chance.

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez


Haley Lyndes was an assistant editor for PS Shopping where she found and tested the best home, beauty, and fashion products. She is a graduate of Northern Vermont University and has nearly five years of experience in both written and broadcast journalism.


Renee Rodriguez is a staff writer and social producer for PS. She writes across all verticals, but her main areas of expertise focus on fashion and beauty content with an emphasis on reviews and editor experiments. She also produces social content for POPSUGAR's TikTok and Instagram accounts.


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