"Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high".
From the “Princess Bride”.
Alex’s prison number from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Done by Travis at Rogue Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA.
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"Just then a Fawn came wandering by: it looked at Alice with its large gentle eyes, but didn’t seem at all frightened. `Here then! Here then!’ Alice said, as he held out her hand and tried to stroke it; but it only started back a little, and then stood looking at her again.
“`What do you call yourself?’ the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had!
“`I wish I knew!’ thought poor Alice. She answered, rather sadly, `Nothing, just now.’”
-Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass & What Alice Found There, Chapter Three: Looking-Glass Insects
Alice’s adventures (both in Wonderland & elsewhere) are some of my favorite stories. I wanted a tattoo that included one of the best bits from the second book, where she meets a little lost fawn in the woods. Isn’t she darling?
"guarda com’ entri e di cui tu ti fide"
"be careful how you enter and who you trust"
-Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy: Inferno
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"Wir sind alle Träumer. Wir schlucken es nur zu tief runter, weil wir immer wieder hören, daß man im richtigen Leben nicht träumen darf." (Each one of us is a dreamer. We just push it down deep because we are repeatedly told that we are not allowed to dream in real life)
This is a quote from the German YA book “Es gibt hier nur zwei Richtungen, Mister” by Reinhold Ziegler. To my knowledge it has never been translated.
The book and the quote have accompanied me for much of my life. I read it first at age 16 and now, 25 years later, the words have not lost any of their appeal to me. Last December I got the tattoo as a reminder that being a dreamer is not a bad thing and to show my love for books in general.
"Love as thou wilt" from Kushiel’s Dart (and sequels) by Jacqueline Carey. It’s the motto of the country Terre d’Ange.
I got this tattoo during my study year abroad in the US. I’m going to try and live by that phrase all my life. Don’t be afraid of loving, don’t be afraid to be judged because of who or what you love.