you have been in every line I’ve ever read

Literary Tattoos: Great Expectations Charles Dickens

This is Samm‘s tattoo.

My tattoo is from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and is in Times New Roman font.

I first read Great Expectations freshman year of high school and I absolutely fell in love. “You have been in every line I have ever read“, is there anything more you could say to express how you feel for someone?

but don’t tell me

Literary Tattoos: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities Literary Tattoos: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

This is Staci’s tattoo.

My tattoo is from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve loved this book since I stopped hating it the moment I got done reading it freshman year of high school. It was one of those books you struggle through so intensely that you almost miss the genius. Almost.

The tattoo reads ‘Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop,’ returned madame; “but don’t tell me.” punctuated exactly as it is in the book. There’s a double meaning to it for me–first, this novel solidified my love for the written word, and made me want to write better, deeper, more important; the quote itself reminds me that even the elements we deem impossible to overcome are mere roadblocks if you believe in your own strength and personal philosophy.

A Tale of Two Cities

Literary Tattoos: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

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