His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones. The ones who rise up and say, “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.
from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A reminder to live in such a way that when Death comes, I’ll be ready to sit up and meet him.
This is my second literary tattoo. It is the last line of my favorite novel, The Sun Also Rises, by Hemingway. The picture is hard to make out but it reads: Isn’t it pretty to think so?
This quote is from Ursula K. LeGuin’s Wizard of Earthsea. It reads “only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight, on the empty sky.”
J.R.R.Tolkien’s Initials and the inscription from the ring of power from Lord of the Rings.
"For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are."
Funny story behind this tattoo- it’s from a book called The Castle of Llyr which is part of a series of books by Lloyd Alexander called the Chronicles of Prydain. You might know the Disney film, the Black Cauldron- it’s based off a book in the series. The character who says this quote in the book is in charge of a pig named Henwen, and she is an oracular pig. I got this tattoo on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, and, wouldn’t you know it, St. Patrick was apparently some sort of pig-keeper at one time.
I got this on my ankle because it was too long to get on my wrist- but also because I need to think about this quote every time I take a step. I’m amazing, and I need not take a step in a direction that will take me away from the greatness I will achieve- I must remember to be more than a girl, more than a human, and be great.
I would be very surprised if anyone recognized this! One of my favourite books growing up was Trouble for Trumpets. It’s a beautifully illustrated book with lots of intricate designs. This scene is from the climatic battle, where summer triumphs over winter.
That is the sorcery of books…. All people can be wise by reading of books.
Based on Behemoth from The Master and Margarita and the quote “there is no greater vice than cowardice.”
From “In memoriam” by Tennyson.
This is when it was freshly done today, literally taken the second I sat up haha, which is why it looks all smudgy and awful and a little bit shaky haha. But I love it, it’s exactly how I wanted it, and the Desiderata of Happiness means a lot to me in terms of my life and how I want to live it. It’s helped me a lot and having this helps give me a reminder that I can always be happy :)
Do you believe in always,the wind
said to the rain
I am too busy with
my flowers to believe,the rain answered
from “you said Is” by ee cummings
The lines perfectly encompass the way I feel about how to live in this world.
From The Fellowship of the Ring. The full poem reads:
All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken,A light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was broken,The crownless again shall be king.
Quote from The Handmaids Tale
It keeps me going through the day! Photo is from the day I got it done at Dark Arts in Warrington, England
The longing for Paradise is man’s longing not to be a man.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (via analemma)