120 Inspiring Motivational Words Tattoo Ideas For Your Next Ink

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By Anna Marikar

Tattoos are a beautiful way of expressing yourself, and displaying the important things right there on your body. Our list of meaningful symbol tattoos is super popular, but what if you’re more of a wordy person? Let’s take a look at some tattoo designs incorporating short quotes, song lyrics and all kinds of powerful words.

Word tattoos, as well as being beautiful body art, are a great reminder of the message that is most important to you in your life.

So, let’s take a look at some of our favorite inspirational quote tattoo ideas to help you find the perfect tattoo for the next time you get some ink.

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25 Meaningful Tattoo Quote Ideas With Photo Inspiration

Here a few short tattoo quotes with photo examples so you can get some ideas not only for the words to choose, but what kind of font or style you prefer for your new tattoo, and the right place to put this tattoo on your body.

The greatest thing about motivational word tattoos is that you can take inspiration from the type of design you like aesthetically but make it totally personal with your own unique quote or words that mean something specifically to just you.

Please don’t let your dreams die

please don't let your dreams die tattoo

This tattoo on the lower arm, in a modern minimalist font reminds you not to forget about your dreams.

Guts over fear

guts over fear tattoo

Facing your fears is a popular theme for a powerful tattoo quote. This one is short but packs a punch.

Sieze the day or regret the time you lost

seize the day or die regretting the time you lost

This tattoo serves as a reminder that time is limited and we should make the most of the time we have with our loved ones, and to grab every opportunity before it passes.

From love. For love.

for love from love tattoo

This tattoo is a reminder of the unconditional love that flows around us.

Do all things with love.

do all things with love tattoo

Do all things with love echoes the bible verse “Let all that you do be done in love” (Corinthians 16:14)

It is the rain that will strengthen your soul It will make you whole.

it is the rain that will strengthen your soul it will make you whole quote tattoo

This long quote reminds us of the purpose of difficult times, and how we will get through them.


gorgeous word tattoo

This striking one word tattoo in a classic style oozes confidence, and has a powerful message of self love.


yolo knuckle tattoo

The YOLO acronym stands for you only live once, so this bold knuckle tattoo is a reminder to seize the moment.


pure wrist tattoo

This simple and minimal wrist tattoo serves as a reminder to keep pure intentions and do the right thing.

I will fight

I will fight arm tattoo

This arm tattoo has a powerful message reminding you to fight for what you believe in.

Eu prometo que vou tentar

eu prometo que vou tentar tattoo quote Portuguese

This classic tattoo in a masculine style has a quote in Portuguese which translates to I promise I will try.

Revolution / Love

revolution tattoo

This one word tattoo actually combines two words – revolution and love, because love IS the revolution.

Just ride

arm writing tattoo

This tattoo has a beautiful script font, which is not the easiest to read but works well if you have something meaningful to yourself that you don’t need everyone to be able to read from a distance.


wrist tattoo

A simple reminder to face and overcome your fears.

Stay Strong

stay strong tattoo man

Stay strong is a powerful reminder to keep going, this is combined with other symbols and designs to make up a full sleeve.

Just a girl who decided to go for it

just a girl who decided to go fgor it back tattoo

This back tattoo has vertical writing going all the way down the spine, to create a striking spine tattoo that really grabs attention.

back tattoo with writing quote

In the end we call become stories so make it a good one

quote chest tattoo

This chest tattoo echoes the message that we only have one short life and to make it worthwhile.

Map Coordinates

map coordinates tattoo meaningful

Writing out the coordinates for a particular meaningful location or place is a beautiful and subtle tattoo idea.

Save Me Please

save me please neck tattoo

This is a powerful neck tattoo

Like Never Before

tattoo man


hope wrist tattoo

subtle hope wrist tattoo

My little leprechaun you will always be in my heart

memorial tattoo

This sweet memorial message could be for a baby or child who will always be in your heart.

Nous sommes bons a rien mais capable de tout

French quote tattoo

This upper back tattoo is a quote in French meaning we are not good at anything but capable of everything

Born to be happy

This simple message reminds you to choose happiness.

born to be happy tattoo

These short meaningful quotes make beautiful tattoos, with words that will see you through tough times, remind you of the power of love, and help you reach a brighter day.

We all pick our tattoos for different reasons, so pick a quote tattoo that makes you feel empowered, alive and motivated.

20 Best Tattoo Quotes

Let’s take a look at some more popular quote ideas and motivational words that work really well for tattoos.

Here’s a list of quotes to get you started, but the best thing is to pick something that you’ve come across in the journey of life that really itched something in your brain, or some words of wisdom that stuck in your mind. Something with a special meaning to you.

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  1. Trust your journey
  2. Je ne regrette rien (I regret nothing)
  3. Be Still
  4. Be your own sun
  5. Imperfectly perfect
  6. You are exactly where you need to be
  7. After every dark night comes a glorious morning of a new day
  8. Nothing loved is ever lost
  9. I am, I am, I am (Syvia Plath)
  10. Still I Rise (Maya Angelou)
  11. Do it anyway
  12. Create your own sunshine
  13. Imperfection is a form of freedom
  14. Perpetual Optimism is a force multiplier
  15. Keep Your Head Up
  16. Enjoy the little things
  17. Que sera sera (what will be will be)

40 One Word Tattoo Ideas

  1. Passion
  2. Always
  3. Brave
  4. Integrity
  5. Alignment
  6. Balance
  7. Breathe
  8. Alive
  9. Strength
  10. Believe
  11. Fighter
  12. Future
  13. Resilience
  14. Imagine
  15. Wanderlust
  16. Hiraeth
  17. Saved
  18. Freedom
  19. Peace
  20. Joy
  21. Love
  22. Serendipity
  23. Karma
  24. Strive
  25. Adventure
  26. Memories
  27. Blessed
  28. Heal
  29. Calm
  30. Power
  31. Trust
  32. Now
  33. Family
  34. Soar
  35. Pray
  36. Story
  37. Warrior
  38. Grateful
  39. Focus
  40. Surrender

Some other ideas are to take inspiration from bible verses, literature such as your favorite books or poems, a quote or phrase from your favorite movie, letters received from loved ones (even more beautiful if tattooed in their own handwriting), and song lyrics.

10 Motivational Tattoo Quotes with Black Ink Designs

Here are a few tattoo designs if you prefer to picture the isolated design rather than photos of real tattoos on bodies.

Whatever your concept, when you take it to tattoo parlors, your tattoo artist will make it unique and put their own stamp on it.

It’s all about the process

its all about the process quote tattoo graphic

Be stronger than your excuses

be stronger than your excuses quote tattoo graphic

Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to not to try

don't be afraid to fail quote tattoo graphic

Don’t quit just do it

don't quit quote tattoo graphic

Don’t Stop until you’re proud

don't stop until your proud quote tattoo graphic

Don’t tell people your dreams, show them

don't tell people your dreams show them quote tattoo graphic

Stars can’t shine without darkness

stars can't shine without darkness quote tattoo graphic

Work hard pray harder

work hard pray harder quote tattoo graphic

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream

you're never too old quote tattoo graphic

You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing

you don't have to be perfect quote tattoo graphic

Tips for Getting a Quote Tattoo

Think carefully about the font. Remember that delicate crisp lines can become less sharp over time. If you have the prettiest tiny delicate tattoo design, plan to have it sharpened up a few years down the line (this is absolutely fine, just expect that)

Small tattoos blue over time more than bigger tattoos so consider the size too.

More Inspirational Tattoo Quotes Ideas

You might also like to check out these tattoo ideas, and inspirational quotes before you go ahead and get inked.

You might like this book of emotional quotes and poetry – I am the architect of my own destruction. (Amazon affiliate link)

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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