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40 tattoo sayings in Latin and Greek to think about

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Whether Hebrew, Japanese or Sanskrit – ancient languages ​​and unknown characters always appear mysterious and give every tattoo a touch of mysticism, charm and originality. So if you are looking for a new idea for your next tattoo, you will find it here. We’ve put together some of the best Latin and Greek sayings. They are ideal as short tattoo sayings, because they usually consist of 2, 3 and 4 words. Many of the quotes convey a message that is meant to last and is thought provoking.

Latin tattoo sayings for thought

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“Carpe Diem” (“Aprovecha el día” in Spanish) means translated in German: “Enjoy the day”, or literally “pick the day”. This saying was used by the Roman poet Horace in one of his odes. It is curious how it has been given very different meanings over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, for example, it stood for: “One should enjoy life because death will soon come.” In the Renaissance, the quote was more related to the ideals of beauty and was to be understood as: “One should enjoy life while one is still is young. ”Nowadays it can again be interpreted in very different ways and can also be easily combined with“ You only live once ”. Few people know, however, that “Carpe diem” has a sequel in the original. The whole quote is: Carpe diem, velut unda fugit. (Take advantage of the day that slips away like a wave.)

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The expressions “Memento Vivere / Memento Mori” (“Acuérdate de vivir / de que vas a morir” in Spanish) come from medieval monk Latin and translated means “commemoration of life / commemoration of death”. But it could also be translated as “Remember that you will die”. The quote is a symbol of earthly transience.

Tempus fugit (“El tiempo huye” in Spanish) stands for “Time flees / passes” and refers to the irretrievably passing time. The Latin phrase comes from the work Georgica by the Roman poet Virgil. As a proverb, the expression is also combined with the words “amor manet” (love remains).

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“Hoc non pereo habebo, fortior me” (What does not kill me, makes me stronger). Of course you know the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche. In Latin, the phrase looks very different as a tattoo.

“Dum spiro, spero” (As long as I breathe, I hope.) The quote comes from the Roman politician, writer and philosopher Marcus Cicero and has proven itself today as a motto with many facets.

“Alis volat propriis” (She flies with her own wings). This Latin phrase is actually the motto of the US state of Oregon, which refers to the independence of the settlers in the region. But that could also be used as a tattoo in the direction of freedom / independence.

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“Si vis amari, ama” (If you want to be loved, then love!) The quote comes from Seneca’s book “Letters to Lucilius” and refers to the argument that love and friendship want reciprocity.

“Omnia vincit amor” (Love conquers everything.) The complete quote is actually: “Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori!” Love conquers everything, let’s give in to love too. But it is more suitable for larger tattoos.

“Si vis pacem para bellum” (If you want peace, prepare (the) war.)


“Semper fidelis” (Always loyal / always loyal) is the motto of the Swiss Grenadiers, the English city of Exeter, the Ukrainian city of Lviv and a march of the Marine Corps of the United States.

“Per aspera ad astra” is a Latin phrase and has its origins in Seneca. Literally translated, the phrase means: “Through the rough to the stars”.

“Ars longa, vita brevis” (The art is long, life is short.) Hippocrates

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More short tattoo sayings in Latin to think about:

Amicitia Vincent Horas. (Friendship overcomes time.)

Caelum mea regula. (Heaven is my measure.)

Cita mors ruit. (Death hurries quickly.)

This diem docet. (Every day gives new lessons.)

Ex umbra in solem. (From the dark into the light. / From the shadow into the sun.)

Faber est suae quisque fortunae. (Everyone is their own fortune maker.)

Festina lente. (Haste makes waste.)

Fortes fortuna adiuvat. (Fortune favors the brave.) Fortune favors the brave.

Nihil fit sine causa. (Everything happens for a reason.)

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Hora fugit, facta manent. (The hour flies, the deeds remain.)

Horas non numero nisi serenas. (I only count the cheerful hours.)

In sole solum solamen. (There is comfort in the sun alone.)

Mors certa, sed hora incerta. (Death is certain, the hour uncertain.)

Omne principium grave. (Every beginning is difficult.)

Qui vivra, verra. (The future will show.)

Tempora mutantur. (Everything changes.)

Tota vita, dies unus est. (All of life is like one day.)

Ubi amicitia ibi opes. (Where there is friendship, there is wealth.)

Vita somnium breve. (Life is a short dream.)

Greek tattoo sayings for thought


Greek is the language of antiquity. The Latin alphabet evolved from the Greek letters. European literature, philosophy and science begin in the Greek language. Major works of world literature, the writings of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, and even the New Testament, were first written in Greek. The Greek script has existed for around 3400 years and exudes a mysterious charm.

The inscription γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know yourself, know yourself) stood next to Μηδὲν ἄγαν (Nothing in excess) on a column of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Chilon of Sparta, one of the “Seven Wise Men”, is considered to be the author. In ancient times it was seen as an invitation to human self-knowledge. The saying was adopted in Latin as “Nosce te ipsum”.

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πάντα ῥεῖ is pronounced Panta rhei and can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Heraklit. The whole sentence is also very popular for a tattoo: πάντα ρεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει (Everything flows and nothing stays.)

Kállio argá pará poté (Better late than not at all / Better late than never) is also a cool expression that is also ideal as a life motto.


ἀγάπη Agape means “love” in the sense of perfect divine love. The term is used in the New Testament and has a very different meaning from Eros, Stoika and Philia, the other Greek words for love. Agape is the unselfish giving of love and can also describe the parents’ feelings for their children or the love of the spouses for one another. The combination of the three words faith, love and hope is also very popular: “πίστις αγάπη ἐλπίς”.


Even a single word in Greek can be very delicate and decorative on the skin. But you can also incorporate several words that have a special meaning to you into the tattoo design.

ἐλεύθερία (Freedom), Οικογένεια (Family), φιλία (Friendship), φοινιξ (Phoenix), αδελφή For example, (sister) are beautiful Greek words.

However, if you want to get a Greek tattoo but don’t speak Greek, definitely don’t rely on Google Translate. It is best to ask someone for an accurate translation.