31 Quote Tattoos to Inspire Your Next Ink

Like 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 quite as impactful as getting a quote tattoo.

The best (and perhaps most overwhelming) part about this type of design is that the options are endless. Whether you want to find an inspirational quote tattoo about strength, self-love, relationships, or a line from your favorite movie, song lyric, or poem, the sky is the limit with what you can get. Still, sometimes quote tattoos about life can help capture a sentiment that means something special to you 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 and to yourself or 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.

— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Hilary White, and Jessica Harrington


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Handle With Care"

The tiny, delicate font used for this quote makes it feel more personal.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Baby You Are Magic"

This ink is a constant reminder of self-love.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Keep Searching, Keep Growing"

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


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Sh*t Happens"

Quote tattoos don't need to be serious.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Do Good"

This tiny tattoo serves as a reminder to do good in the world.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Be Yourself. Does Anyone Care?"

Live authentically with this ink as a daily reminder.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Strength Is What We Gain From the Madness We Survive"

This tattoo, paired with a butterfly, signals transformation and growth.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Be Brave"

This simple quote needs no further explanation.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Vulnerability Is Not Weakness"

The top of the feet is a unique spot for your ink.


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

Long quotes work particularly well running down the spine.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "I Am Enough"

You'll always remember your worth with this script tattoo.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Positive Mental Attitude"

Your script tattoo will look especially pretty running along your ribcage.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Silver Lining"

The collarbone is an unconventional yet great spot for a design.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Know Your Worth"

To make your ink even more personal, get it in your own handwriting.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow"

This is a great long quote for a tattoo.


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

This long quote works great on the upper thigh.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "God Is a Woman"

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


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Aquí y Ahora"

This quote tattoo is in Spanish and translates to "here and now."


Quote Tattoo Idea: "To Know Her Is to Love Her"

Instead of placing your quote tattoo vertically on your hip, try this slanted location.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "No Matter Where; No Matter What"

If you want to get a matching tattoo with a friend or family member, this quote is great.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Wild at Heart and Weird on Top"

Quotes tattoos can be quirky if that better matches your personality.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Child of the Universe"

If you're not a fan of script, you can get your quote in a more modern font.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "See the Good"

"See the good" is a nice little reminder to yourself.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Why Not?"

This two-word phrase is a simple matching tattoo idea that can fit anywhere on the body.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Don't Just Exist, Live"

The pretty font used for this tattoo really elevates it.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Wild One"

This flirty phrase — "wild one" — makes for a great quote tattoo.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Trust the Process"

This small quote tattoo is simple yet classic. It's perfect if you need a timeless design.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Do It Anyway"

Whether you are scared, sad, or mad, this tattoo will remind you to continue pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.


Quote Tattoo Idea: "Love"

Sometimes, single-word quote tattoos say just enough — like this rib-cage design that simply reads "love."

Quote Tattoo Idea: "Wish You Were Here"

If you want to dedicate a quote tattoo to a loved one, consider this "wish you were here" design.