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Latin Tattoos

Bhakti Satalkar
Tattoos have become quite common these days. With countless designs and patterns to choose from, it can be challenging to select the right one for yourself. Well, you don't have to get a design inked on yourself. Instead, you can get a quote as a tattoo. Have you considered getting a Latin phrase or quote as a tattoo?
Many celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Colin Farrell, Adam Lambert, and Keith Urban, have Latin tattoos. Which is why, many teens and a few adults are getting inspired and searching for interesting and thought-provoking phrases for themselves. So if you're searching for one that describes you as a person (in essence), then take a look at the following phrases.

Get it Right Before you Inscribe


...consult an experienced tattoo artist.
...select a phrase and get the correct translation in Latin.
...make sure there are no spelling errors.
...select the font that you like beforehand.
...follow the aftercare instructions provided to you by your tattoo artist.


...drink before you get a tattoo.
...use an online translating program or website to translate your Latin phrase.
...think that the tattoo won't hurt, regardless of size.
...ignore the instructions given by your tattoo artist.

Latin Quotes/Phrases for Tattoos

Ad astra per aspera - To the stars through adversity

Ad meliora - Towards better things

Ad meliora vertamur - Let us turn to better things
Alis grave nil - Nothing is heavy to those who have wings

Amor ordinem nescit - Love does not know order

Amor vincit omnia - Love conquers all

Audax at fidelis - Bold but faithful

Aude sapere - Dare to know
Audere est facere - To dare is to do

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I shall either find a way or make one

Carpe noctem - Seize the night
Cedo maiori - I yield to a greater person

Cogito ergo doleo - I think therefore I am depressed

Cogito ergo sum - I think therefore I am

Credo quia absurdum est - I believe it because it is absurd

Dum spiro spero - While I breathe, I hope
Dum vita est, spes est - While there is life, there is hope

Ego sum quae sum - I am what I am

Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem
Esto quod es - Be what you are

Fabas indulcet fames - Hunger sweetens the beans

Fallaces sunt rerum species - Appearances are deceptive

In somnis veritas - In dreams there is truth

La vie est faite de petits bonheurs - Life is made of the little moments
Luceat lux vestra - Let your light shine

Luctor et emergo - I struggle and emerge

Manus manum lavat - One hand washes the other

Manus multae cor unum - Many hands, one heart
Memento vivere - Remember to live

Meminerunt omnia amantes - Lovers remember all

Mens sana in corpore sano - A sound mind in a sound body

Missit me Dominus - The Lord has sent me

Morior invictus - Death before defeat
Mutantur omnia nos et mutamur in illis - All things change and we change with them

Ne quid nimis - Nothing in excess

Nemo dat quod non habet - No one gives what he does not have
Nequiquam sapit qui sibi non sapit - He knows in vain who does not draw profit from what he knows

Neutiquam erro - I am not lost

Non ducor duco - I am not led; I lead

Nosce te ipsum - Know thyself

Omnia causa fiunt - Everything happens for a reason
Per aspera ad astra - Through hardships to the stars

Post nubila phoebus - After the clouds, the sun

Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris - It is human nature to hate the man whom you have injured
Semper ad meliora - Always towards better things

Sic itur ad astra - Thus you shall go to the stars

Tempus fugit - Time flies

Tempus neminem manet - Time waits for no one
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito - Yield not to misfortunes, but go boldly against

Uno die tempus - One day at a time

Ut amen et foveam - So that I love and cherish

Veni, vidi, vici - I came, I saw, I conquered
Verba volant, scripta manent - Words fly away, writings remain

Verbum sat sapienti - Word to the wise is enough
Veritas lux mea - Truth is my light

Veritas vos liberabit - The truth will set you free

Vincit qui se vincit - He conquers who conquers himself

Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est - There is more to life than just being alive
Vive ut vivas - Live so that you may live

Vox populi vox dei - The voice of the people is the voice of God
You don't necessarily have to select any of these quotes for your tattoo. If you want, you can come up with your own phrase or quote and get it translated into Latin. That way, your tattoo will be original and set you apart from everyone else. Select a location for your tattoo, choose a good font, and get that tattoo you've been wanting for a while now.