|—||Animal Farm, George Orwell (via wordsinliterature)|
The teapot is Russell’s teapot and I also like the idea of having a teapot tattoo because, well, who gets those?? I like the message because it’s almost a challenge. Do I dare cause a disruption? Do I dare mess with the balance? It’s actually a good lesson in consequences.
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.”
"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.
|—||Puck of Pook’s Hill, Rudyard Kipling. (via teenidlehypocrate)|
Based on Behemoth from The Master and Margarita and the quote “there is no greater vice than cowardice.”
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 :)