60 Inspiring Quote Tattoos That Aren't Cheesy

60 Inspiring Quote Tattoos That Aren't Cheesy
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We're all about new beginnings, and while the inspirational quotes found inside our weekly planners and daily journals can help give us that #MondayMotivation, when the going gets tough, sometimes taking that inspirational quote a step further can keep the good vibes going all year long. Sure, motivational plaques or wall decals can bring some good energy to any home or work space, but inspirational quote tattoos can also provide lots of long-term motivation, especially because they are a bit more permanent -- and super pretty to look at.

If getting a tattoo is on the to-do list, know that getting a quote tattoo can be all sorts of inspiring, especially since there are tons of encouraging quotes (from books, TV shows, and movies!) out there that will satisfy almost any personality. 

And whether they are placed on the wrists, arms, or on the back, quote tattoos can be both big or small (we're obsessed with minimalist tattoos, btw) to help give that much-needed motivation on the daily. Another exciting part about quote tattoos is the lettering aspect, as there are a ton of gorgeous script fonts that can help take any quote tattoo to the next level. Yes, we're talking fonts that make the tattoo look like it was typed out from a typewriter or those that appear like the quote was handwritten in ink by the poet.

Looking for the perfect quote tattoo this year? Here are some fab ideas that are sure to take the positive affirmations up a notch. 


  • Be Here Now Quote Tattoo


    In a world full of distractions, it can be tough to stay focused. Reminding us to stay in the present, this minimalist quote tattoo is definitely the grounding thing we all need to hear sometimes.

  • This Too Shall Pass Quote Tattoo


    We all need to be reassured, and sometimes one's self the best person to do the job. Although this gorgeous script quote is placed across the collarbone, it can really be placed anywhere on the body to remind us of its important message.

  • I Was Not Built to Break Quote Tattoo


    Coming off a bad breakup or just weathered a tough storm? Remind everyone that this state of sadness will pass.  This tattoo teaches us the importance of loving and respecting ourselves more.

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  • Still I Rise Quote Tattoo


    Life has a nasty tendency of getting us down, but it is up to use to pick ourselves back up. Inspired by one of Maya Angelou's most famous poems, this quote can always inspire one to keep moving forward. 

  • Through Every Dark Night There Is a Bright Day Quote Tattoo


    Sometimes we all need a little hope -- some of us more than others. And let’s face it: Deep and powerful inspiration never looked better. This is a touching reminder to never give up.

  • Let It Be Quote Tattoo


    Beatles lovers will adore this pretty (and not to mention wise) tattoo idea. The large script brings this short and simple quote to life, and we are living for this expert placement 

  • She Believed She Could So She Did Quote Tattoo


    This tattoo is sure to keep the female forward vibes going strong. For any woman who needs a reminder of how amazing she really is, this little quote  serves as the perfect nudge to remind her to keep going. 

  • Don’t Dream Your Life, Live Your Dream Quote Tattoo


    Making a huge career change this year? This tattoo reminds us that sometimes taking that big risk is definitely worth the rewards it will soon reap. So get to it! This is the year.

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  • Have Courage & Be Kind Quote Tattoo


    Disney-obsessed babes will love this Cinderella tattoo which definitely gives off a great message. We love the classic typewriter text that really allows the meaning of the tattoo to shine through and doesn't distract from it. 

  • Without Struggle There Is No Progress Quote Tattoo


    Maybe the struggle is supposed to be real after all. This quote is perfect for anyone who feels they continuously face adversity and work through it for the better. Perhaps it's not as catchy as "no pain, no gain," but we still think a testament to hard work is always worthwhile.

  • Family Quote Tattoo


    Perfect for new moms, this thought-provoking tattoo definitely reminds us of the importance of the family we have in our lives. We love the infinity symbol worked into it, adding extra flair and depth to a simple tattoo. 

  • 'Toy Story' Quote Tattoo


    Another Disney lover’s delight, this quote tattoo can be placed on two different parts of the body to help form an inspiring message when brought together. It's also the perfect way to share a quote tattoo with someone who is a "lifer" of a friend or partner.  

  • Don’t Forget to Love Yourself Quote Tattoo


    This tattoo ought to be a required branding everyone has to get. Self-care is really important, and this tattoo definitely reminds us to take care of ourselves when we need it most.

  • Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On Quote Tattoo


    Meditative mantras can be healing and centering. Letting go of the past can be tough, but this quote tattoo can give us the helpful insight we need when we get stuck on the would have/should haves.

  • Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fears Quote Tattoo


    'Cause after all, sometimes faith is all we really have in this life. Sometimes all one needs is to know that there will be someone there to catch them if they fall. For anyone who is religious, this tattoo is truly a special way to show it.

  • White Ink Quote Tattoos


    Looking for a subtle and personal tattoo. White ink quote tattoos can definitely make tattoos look they are engraved in the skin, and that they are a secret message for the tattoo "owner." 

  • One Day at a Time Quote Tattoo


    Although staying 10 steps ahead seems appealing, taking things one step at a time is what this quote is all about. This simple mantra can be applied to almost any facet of life. 

  • Strength Quote Tattoo


    Finding inner strength can be complicated, but hopefully this tattoo can help give that inner push we all need sometimes. What could make this even more motivating? Getting it done in the handwriting of someone close. 

  • Harry Potter-Inspired Quote Tattoo


    Not every single quote tattoo needs to be serious or overtly inspirational. Sometimes it can just be fun. It’s safe to say that this tattoo reminds us to unleash our mischievous side every now and then.  

  • Like a Boss Quote Tattoo


    Got workout or career goals to achieve? This motivational tattoo is sure to keep us in the gym or focused on our passions. Or maybe this is the year to ask for a promotion. Go on, Boss Babe!

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  • But the Fighter Still Remains Quote Tattoo


    This quote tattoo is sure to keep that fighter spirit burning when we need to stand up for ourselves or for others. It's the perfect saying for someone who is determined to get through it all.