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18 Best Ocean Quotes for Tattoos

Wear your love for the sea on your sleeve.


Tattoos can say a lot about a person. So, if you're someone who loves the ocean, you may want to express that in your ink. But, maybe you want to go beyond the simplistic wave tattoo or beloved ocean animal. Quote tattoos can say a lot in only a few words, and you get to pick a font that really suits your style. Plus, you can combine your love for words and water in one beautiful piece of art. Here are the 18 best ocean quotes for tattoos. The hardest part is choosing.



1. "Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction." —Unknown

ocean quotes for tattoos

This quote doesn't seem to have an attributable author, possibly because it started as "the winds of change," rather than the waves. But it works just as well with the watery substitute.


2. "Just keep swimming." —Dory

ocean quotes for tattoos

This "Finding Nemo" quote may have started as just a funny line, but it carries a strong message of perseverance with it.


3. "If the ocean can calm itself, so can you." —Nayyirah Waheed

ocean quotes for tattoos

It's true. All storms eventually settle.


4. "The sea lives in every one of us." —Robert Wyland

ocean quotes for tattoos

Nothing brings people together like a mutual love for the ocean.


5. "If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." —Loren Eiseley

ocean quotes for tattoos

And magical it is.


6-7. "I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try." Plus: "See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me." —Moana

ocean quotes for tattoos

"How Far I'll Go" is filled with tattoo-worthy lyrics.


8. "She Is Tossed by the Waves, But Does Not Sink." —Paris' Motto

The French city has a beautiful motto. You could also get it as a tattoo in its original iteration: "Fluctuat nec mergitur."


9. "When this world's too much, it will be only the ocean and me." —Jack Johnson

ocean quotes for tattoos

This relatable line comes from his song "Only the Ocean."


10. "She smiled at the ocean because the waves told her story." —R.M. Drake

This poem speaks to us.


11. "Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home." —Sylvia Earle

ocean quotes for tattoos

Wise words from a marine biologist.


12. "You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in one drop." —Rumi

ocean quotes for tattoos

And together we build a sea.


13. "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean." —Unknown

ocean quotes for tattoos

A great reminder.


14. "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." —Jon Kabat-Zinn

Or, as some might say, "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


15. "I have sea foam in my veins, for I understand the language of waves." —"Le Testament d'Orphee"

ocean quotes for tattoos

This movie quote from 1960 is beautiful.


16. "We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came." —John F. Kennedy

ocean quotes for tattoos

Even the former president understands the importance of the ocean.


17. "Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free." —Christy Ann Martine

ocean quotes for tattoos

We could all do well to channel the movement of the ocean.


18. "My demons tried to drown me, but they didn't know I could breathe underwater." —Jordan Sarah Weatherhead

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Don't let anyone keep you down. You're all as strong as the sea.

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