15 Tattoo Quotes from Classic Literature for Your First Tattoo ...

I recently got my first tattoo, and I'm completely in love! I encourage everyone to get a tattoo, but before you sit down in front of the needle, it's important to find a quote that you love. These quotes from classic literature look great as tattoos! Plus, since they are small, they make great first tattoos to test out how you like it.

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Who doesn't want a little bit of Shakespeare on their body? If you're a petite woman like me, this quote is perfect for your first tattoo! Let everyone know that, despite your size, you're as fearsome as a lion on the inside.

2. Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 is one of my all time favorite novels! It started the age of modern dystopian novels, and warned society about losing its sense of creativity. From the novel, this is one of my favorite lines! It's a great reminder to see on your body every day.

3. The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age story almost everyone loves! The best thing about this line particularly is that you can interpret it in a number of ways. To me, this quote means "Ask her if she still plays it safe, or if she's a risk taker now", but based on your interpretation of the novel, it could mean a thousand other things!

4. The Tempest

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Not only do I love this quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest, but I also love the design around it! Sure, bad things happen, but that's just the prologue to the more amazing parts of your life to come!

5. Alice in Wonderland

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This is probably the truest quote on the list! Lewis Carol's words never go out of style, because we are all completely insane in completely different ways, so we might as well embrace it!

6. All the World’s a Stage

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Is it becoming obvious that I'm in love with Shakespeare? This is one of his most famous sayings, but I still don't think it's cliched because it's so true! We are all just acting out the roles we choose; seeing this quote every day would encourage me to do something wildly out of the ordinary.

7. Invictus

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The last to lines from the incredible poem "Invictus" are so empowering! How could you not take your life by the horns after waking up and seeing these words every day?

8. Heavy

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This quote from Mary Oliver's poem "Heavy" reminds you that life isn't too much to handle. You were built to endure the worst situations! To me, this is the best tattoo alternative to "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

9. A Midsummer Night's Dream

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I promise this is the last Shakespeare quote on the list! If you're one half of a romantic relationship, then you know how true this is. It's a great reminder of how important it is to endure the rough patches in your relationship.

10. Still I Rise

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One of my favorite poems is "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou. Why? Because it's the most motivational verse I've ever read, constantly boasting about the resilience of the human spirit.

11. The Fellowship of the Ring

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The Lord of the Rings series isn't the most quotable series, but lines like this deserve to be remembered! Life is a journey, and there isn't always a set path. So you'll wander sometimes, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're lost.

12. Slaughterhouse Five

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This quote can remind you of a beautiful time in your life, when you felt like you were on top of the world. I guarantee that every time you see it you'll smile!

13. The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock

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T.S. Eliot's beautiful poem is quotable from beginning to end! But I think this simple phrase makes the best tattoo. There is always time to rest, to dream, to try again, and to do what you life. This open-ended phrase reminds you of all the possibilities your life has, and all the time there is to see them come to life.

14. Pride & Prejudice

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Any Pride & Prejudice fan recognizes these two words immediately as part of Darcy's confession of love to Elizabeth. Even though the book phrases it differently ("You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.") this elegant phrasing will always remind you of your beloved Mr. Darcy.

15. Walden

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Walden, by Henry David Thoreau is a book full of wisdom that hasn't faded over the years. It's absolutely full of amazing lines, but this one is definitely among my favorites. It's your right to demand truth, from yourself and others.

There you have it! Fifteen beautiful quotes that make an excellent choice for your first tattoo. Which one do you love most?

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