Tattoos in Latin: 60 Latin quotations

The tattoos in Latin not only have a beautiful rendering but also sound very romantic, which makes them a very popular option within the category of tattoos of words and phrases. These compositions are also versatile, which means that they can adapt to almost every nook and cranny of the body depending on which sentence you choose.

Latin is a dead language but it was a universal language thousands of years ago. You have probably already heard the Latin phrase "Habeas Corpus", which represents the right to petition the court.

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However, another area where you could really use Latin is the world of body art. Not only because its popularity has increased because of the large number of personalities who have printed on their skin their favorite expressions in Latin, but also because this dead language gives a unique touch to the creation of your tattoo.

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Some Latin phrases that you can often see tattooed

In this little painting, we have put together some of the most popular phrases for tattoo designs at the moment. What to put in words what you feel, wear it on your skin without really revealing it to others and add a touch of mystery to your personality …


French translation

Alls serious nil

Nothing weighs on those who have wings

No ducor duco

Nobody leads me; I am the guide

Noscete ipsum / temet nosce

Know thyself

Luceat lux vestra

Make your light shine

Carpe Diem

Live the present moment

Noctem carp

Live at night

Vita / Mors

Life / Death

Quod me nutrit, destroy me

What feeds me destroys me

Veni, vidi, vici

I came, I saw, I won

Veritas lux mea

The truth is my light

Cogito ergo sum

I think so I am

Dumspiro, spero

As long as I breathe, I hope

Long live bivas

Live to live

Alis valat propiis

She / he flies on his own

Tempus neminemmanet

Time is not waiting

Vincit who is vincit

A winner who dominates

Dum vita is, spesest

As long as there is life, there is hope

Amare and honorare

Love and honor

Amare and amari

To love and be loved

Amor numquammoritur

True love never dies

Sed ego laboro super sunt

I fight but I will survive

Neutiquam erro

I am not lost

Vox nihili


Nile desperandum

Never despair

Semper ad meliora

Always towards the best

Quod me not necat me certeconfirmat

What does not kill me makes me stronger

Per aspera ad astra

Towards the stars through adversity

In vino veritas

The truth is in the wine

Tempis fugit

Time flies

In nomine Patris and Filii and Spiritus Sancti

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Memento mori

Remember that you are going to die

Latin phrase


severe alis nil (oralis grave nihil)

Nothing is heavy for those who have wings

alisvolatpropriis (or alispropriiseavolat)

She / He flies on his own wings (or She / He flies with his own wings)

audax at fidelis

Bold but faithful

auribus teneo lupum

I hold a wolf by the ears (I am in an inextricable situation, each of the solutions offered to me being also uncomfortable, even perilous)

carp noctem

Enjoy the present night (as opposed to Carpe Diem, take advantage of the present day)

castigate ridendo mores

She corrects the mores by laughing. (One way to change the rules is to point out how stupid they are)

cogito ergo sum

I think so I am (I think so I exist)

credo quia absurdum is

I believe it because it's absurd (sometimes used as a mockery)

dum vita is, spes is

As long as there is life, there is hope

esse quam empty (or empty quam esse)

To be rather than to appear (or to appear rather than to be)

ex nihilo nihil fit

Nothing comes from nothing

Faber is quaque fortunae suae

Every man is the artisan of his own fortune

felix culpa

Happy fault (an error or a fault whose consequences are positive)

luceat lux vestra

May your light shine

luctor and emergo

I fight and emerge (or fight and win)

nil desperandum

Never despair

no ducor duco

I am not led, I lead

who audet adipiscitur

Who dare win

semper ad meliora

Always for the better

sic itur ad astra

This is how we rise to the stars

temet nosce

Know thyself

veni, vidi, vici

I came, I saw, I won

flying verba, scripta manent

Words fly away, writings remain

veritas lux mea

The truth is my light

vincitqui vincit (or bis vincitqui vincit)

Is a winner who dominates himself (motto of many educational institutions) (or: he is doubly victorious the one who defeats himself)

live ut vivas

Live to live

vox nihili

Without voice (void of voice / voice of nothing)

Famous men and women with Latin tattoos

Many celebrities have triggered the worldwide madness of tattoos in Latin. Here are some examples:

Angelina Jolie: The actress has a tattoo on the lower belly that says: "Quod me nutrit destroys me."

David Beckman: The football player wears on the left forearm a tattoo referring to his wife: "UtAmemEtFoveam." In French: "To love and to cherish"

Danielle Lloyd: The actress and model wears a tattoo in Latin on the left shoulder. This one would be grammatically incorrect, according to the experts. The tattoo says: "Quisatteromihitantumplantomihivalidus." What she wanted to write is "Decreasing me will only serve to make me stronger," but what she inscribed in Latin would actually mean "Like who am I carrying myself away from me . "

– Among others, let's also mention Colin Farrell, Who wears a popular tattoo on the left forearm saying: "Carpe Diem."

Keith Urban: The country singer sports a proud "Omnia Vincit Amor", "Love triumphs over everything" on the right wrist.

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Tattoos in Latin can be of many different styles and are popular with both men and women. While you will often see Latin phrases written "by hand" or calligraphy, they also have a beautiful rendering in the font "Old English", among others. Since these word tattoos are usually of great significance to those who wear them, they may also want to tattoo them with their own writing. And, although many word tattoos are usually printed in black, do not have to give yours a touch of color or print it directly with colored ink.

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Placement and ideas

Depending on the size of the quote, where to place your body art work in Latin will depend primarily on your personal preferences.

Short sentences

For example, for small quotes like "Veni Vidi Vici" (I came, I saw, I won ") you can choose a place like the inside of the wrist or along the ankle bone . The ankle is a good option for this tattoo especially because your feet take you to conquer the world.

The smaller sentences are also very suitable for clavicles or shoulder blades. Printing words like "Cogito Ergo Sum" (I think so I am) on the biceps or calf is also a very good option.

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Longer sentences

Phrases that contain a few more words like "Quod me non necat confirms me" (What does not kill me makes me stronger) require a little bigger space. These long sentences or mottos have a better rendering on the top of the shoulders, the front of the chest, the lower belly, along the arms or legs, along the ribs and the lower back. These long quotations have more space, which allows the use of details and makes them more readable. Depending on the tattoo artist's smoothness of line, however, you can place longer quotes on a smaller space, but in this case, the font style will have to be more simplistic -if you do not want the phrase lost of its readability.

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A meaningful investment choice

In addition, the placement of the tattoo can be chosen according to the meaning of the sentence. For example, "In nomine Patris and Filii and Spiritus Sancti" (In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) can be placed on the chest or along the neck and arranged in the form of a cross, because of the meaning that it houses.

You can also add other elements to the drawing, such as a star for the phrase "Per aspera ad astra" (Through hard paths to the stars) but you will need more space – you can for example consider placing this quote on the lower back.

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