10 meaningful Italian quotes with English translation for tattoos

Italian tattoo quotesIf you want to mash your Italian learning up to an amount of body modification, here you are some Italian tattoo quotes to be considered. There could definitely be one that strikes a chord with you.

Since getting rid of a tattoo is not an easy task, reasons to wind up willing to get yourself tattooed (it. farsi un tatuaggio) may vary from each individual’s experience and need to be life-changing, so we’ll try to sort out these Italian tattoo phrases out based on the desired message.

As usual, our phrases are coming with English translation.


  1. L’amore domina senza regole (Love rules without rules)

This great, inspirational quote states an undisputable truth: love does not need rules to rule, it’s very much like economy: it builds itself if set free and lived through and thoroughly.

  1. L’amore è cieco (Love is blind)

Not quite as inspirational, but reminding us that love has nothing to do with reasoning, at least not at the initial spark. There are many factors that lead a person to fall for another that are beyond looks, wealth, talent and so on. Love is a weird thing (and so are we).

  1. L’amore è un viaggio, non una destinazione (Love is a journey, not a destination)

This is for the “What is important is the procedure, not the result” supporters. At times the view of the road you are going through is far more gorgeous than the station you’re headed for. Enjoying life (and love as a part of it) is part of the adventure. Carpe diem! Seize the day!

  1. L’amore è il motore della vita (Love is the engine of life)

As everybody knows, love can regenerate, reform us. Indeed, it’s magic.


  1. Chi più sa, meno crede (The ones who know more, believe less)

A variation of Saint Thomas “Seeing is believing”, but toward the other pond. Knowledge may make us less ingenuous or innocent. Interestingly enough, knowledge will either open your mind or shut it off faster than it was before you accessed information. 

  1. Finchè c’è vita c’è speranza (As long as there’s life, there’s hope)

After the previous mouthful of disbelief, a bit of hope perfect for Italian tattoo quotes can save the day and give some sense of meaning. As long as we are alive, we can put it all out to make the life we dream and work for. It won’t be easy, certainly, but that is an advantage of being alive and aware.

  1. Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora (Better a day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep)

If your spirit cannot be tamed by any means, this is the expression that best suits you. 

  1. Tale padre, tale figlio (Like father, like son)

When you are proud of your heritage and your direct ancestors, this is one of the Italian tattoo quotes that match perfectly your feelings and ways to see life.

  1. Vivi e lascia vivere (Live and let live)

Another great quote about life that reminds us the importance of being tolerant. 

And this one straight up from Italian classic literature: The Divine Comedy

  1. E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle (and thence we came forth to see again the stars)

    ~ Dante.

This is the last line in Dante’s Inferno and it refers to the idea that in the end everything will be okay.  

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This is one of the most popular Italian tattoo quotes, and actually we are showing you its most used English translation. If you want to make use of the Italian version (maybe added to a disegno tribale, why not), there is either the infinitive form (Vivere, ridere, amare). However, we have the feeling that the imperative form (Vivi, ridi, ama) has a more solid sound and a rythm-based strength. Up to you, mates!

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