13 Quotes for Your Next Tattoo

Though they’re increasingly popular, tattoos are by no means a modern innovation. Marking the skin permanently with dye has been found in cultures around the world dating back millennia. Case in point: When the 5300-year-old naturally mummified body of Otzi the Iceman was discovered in 1991 in the Italian alps, the preserved body was found to have 61 distinct tattoos. Tattoos often held a deep spiritual meaning for our ancient ancestors, and for many people they are still loaded with significance.

To mark something permanently into the skin is a profound act, which is why we tend to choose tattoos that are meaningful to us. Our designs may commemorate important people or dates in our lives, express our most cherished ideals, or serve as a daily reminder of the things we value. While many people employ images for this form of expression, words can also be a powerful option. With that in mind, here are 15 quotes worthy of being inked.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

To live will be an awfully big adventure.
— J.M. Barrie

Still I rise.
— Maya Angelou

Make each day your masterpiece.
— John Wooden

Everything you can imagine is real.
— Pablo Picasso

Though she be but little, she is fierce.
— William Shakespeare

Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.
— Tupac Shakur

Sometimes, when you fall, you fly.
— Neil Gaiman

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
— eden ahbez

Impossible is just an opinion.
— Paulo Coelho

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
— Aristotle

Let it be.
— John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Wisdom begins in wonder.
— Socrates