Quotations are often used in Latin tattoos as if they were anonymous pieces of universal wisdom. This is possibly due to the fact that Latin is often considered to be a virtually dead language. The language has been extinct in the modern world for ages, but its influence upon other languages makes it still quite important.
Latin words and expressions are present in nearly all the languages around the world and is the heart of almost every romance language that exists, including Italian, French and Spanish. These languages were originally derived from the Latin language, giving Latin phrases an appeal and old world charm like no other language.
Latin tattoos are often made up of well-known phrases that touch the wearers’ hearts or minds in deep and meaningful ways and are sources of mystery to most who see them. There often comes a moment in peoples lives when they come across a word or phrase that they connect so deeply and strongly with that it becomes imperative they ink that saying permanently on their skin. It is these words that they will now see every day to remind them of something meaningful or inspirational.
Latin tattoos have always been a popular choice among everyday individuals but they have recently become a hot, new trend among celebrities. Now that Latin tattoos are getting more exposure, they are becoming even more desirable and are creating a noticeable interest in people wanting to learn this incredible language.
Phrases for Latin Tattoos
There are an enormous number of quotes and phrases that are used in Latin tattoos today. Here is a small list of some of the most popular and their English meanings.
- “Dum vita est, spes est” – Where there is life, there is hope
- “Esto quod es” - Be what you are
- “In somnis veritas” – In dreams there is truth
- “Post nubile phoebus” – After the clouds, the sun
- “Luceat lux vestra” – Let your light shine
- “Alis grave nil” – Nothing is heavy to those who have wings
Strong Latin Phrases
The following are some of the more commonly used Latin phrases that embody an individual’s vision of strength, courage and power.
- “Morior invictus” – Death before defeat
- “Cede nullis” – Yield to no one
- “Facta, non verba” – Deeds, not words
- “Fac fortia et patere” – Do brave deeds and endure
- “Non ducor duco” – I am not led, I lead
- “Vincit qui se vincit” – He conquers who conquers himself
Latin Love Phrases
The following Latin love phrases can stand alone in honor of loved ones, or can also be included as part of a name design.
- “Omnia vincit amor” – Love conquers all things
- “Eis quos amo” – For those that I love
- “Numquam periit amor” – Love never dies
- “Si vis amari ama” – If you want to be loved, love
- “Amor ordinem nescit” – Love does not know order
- “Credula res amor est” – In love you’ll believe anything
Celebrities with Latin Tattoos
ANGELINA JOLIE-PITT/Actress: tattooed on her lower stomach is the phrase “Quad me netrit me destruit“ which translates to “what nourishes me also destroys me.“
DAVID BECKHAM/Athlete: tattooed on his right forearm is the phrase “Perfectio In Spiritu” which translates to “perfection in spirit.” Tattooed on his left forearm is the phrase “Ut Amen Et Foveam” which translates to “so that I love and cherish.”
COLLIN FARRELL/Actor: tattooed on his left forearm are the words “Carpe Diem” which translates to “seize the day.”
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