Sticks and Stones...
You know how the saying goes. It may sound good to the ears, but we all know too well the power of words.
Physical wounds will heal and may not even leave scars. The wounds that some words cause may haunt you for the rest of your life.
On the upside, the power of words can uplift like nothing else. Chosen wisely, words can empower us, inspire us to go beyond our limits.
If you love words like I do, and you are considering getting inked, then a literary tattoo might be the best choice. If you are likely to have your nose buried in between the pages of a book most of the time, then the chances are that you have a favorite quote or two that you live your life by. What better tattoo to get than those literary lines then?
If you're still looking for some inspiration - a tattoo, after all, is no small matter - here are some literary tattoos that I, myself, would not mind seeing every day on my skin.
Image via downing.amanda
That's from Samuel Beckett's Westward Ho, and what better lines to remind you to never give up? Life is full of failures, and we sometimes need to be reminded that what matters most is getting back up after falling down.
Beautiful, isn't it?
Tattoo image from Tattoo Lit
"Write in recollection and amazement for yourself."
Jack Kerouac is one of the most celebrated writers of our time, and if you read that quote, it is easy to see why. Writers encounter downtimes on a regular basis. Sometimes, it becomes a chore, especially if you do it to make ends meet. Lines like these remind us of the beauty of writing and why we do it in the first place.
Source: Kelly Love
"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better."
Another inspiring literary tattoo, this time showcasing the words of Maya Angelou. You know how for some of us, it is easier to forgive other people? When it comes to berating ourselves over and over again for past mistakes, it is another story.
If you have made mistakes in the past - who hasn't? - and you can't seem to let go, maybe this literary tattoo can help you move on.
"i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)"
The first stanza of e.e. cummings's "i carry your heart" is one of the most romantic lines I have ever read. Never mind his unique style of poetry, these words are beautiful no matter how they are presented. For all you romantics out there, it would be hard to find a more appropriate literary tattoo, wouldn't it?
This line comes from the Litany Against Fear, an incantation found in one of the best works of science fiction in my book: Dune by Frank Herbert.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
That's the litany, and to be honest, I have been toying with the idea of getting this tattooed on my upper arm. Can you find a more empowering literary tattoo than this?
Source: The War is Over on Tumblr