There are those lines in books that we read again and again. We doodle them in our notebooks, we hang them on our walls. But what happens when that isn’t quite enough? That’s what tattoos are for. Here, Atticus, beloved Instagram poet and author of Love Her Wild, weighs in on the best literary quotes for tattoos.
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars.” —Jack Kerouac, On the Road
“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” —T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” —Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
“Their lips brushed like young wild flowers in the wind.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
“Chase the light, whatever and wherever it may be for you. Chase it.” —Tyler Knott Gregson
“She wasn’t in a hurry, she didn’t want to miss living.” —J. Iron Word
“Breathing dreams like air” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Heartache wasn’t my intention… love was.” —Alfa
“You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.” —High Poets Society
“I will never be a morning person, for the moon and I, are much too in love.” —Christopher Poindexter
Atticus is a storyteller and observer. Born on the West Coast, he’s spent much of his life exploring the world but now calls California his home. He loves the ocean, the desert, and playing with words. Visit him on Instagram on @AtticusPoetry.