The 130 Best Quotes about Letting Go And Moving On

If you are looking for inspiring quotes about how to let go of things and move on, you’ve come to the right place.  Check out our collection of the best quotes to inspire you. Sometimes we all get stuck in a place and need to let go and eventually move on. The place could be a mental or a physical place. If it’s mental, then a quick reboot of your brain and a different way to look at things can be immensely helpful. It might be a relationship – friend, family, loved one, coworker, etc. And that is more complex. Or it might even be a physical need to let go of your city or state and move on. Anyway, here is some inspiration to help you change your focus and decide what path to pursue to move on.

Best Quotes On Letting Go of the Past And Moving On To the Future

  1. You can victimize yourself by wallowing around in your own past.” – Wayne Dyer
  2. “The past has no power over the present moment.” ― Eckhart Tolle
  3. “Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma
  4. ”Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” – Denis Waitley
  5. “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.”
    ― Nicholas Sparks
  6. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
    ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potentia.
  7.  “If you believe that feeling bad will change a past event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.” – Wayne Dyer
  8. “If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” – Steve Maraboli
  9. “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.”
  10. Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.” – L. Ron Hubbard
  11. “The reason why we can’t let go of someone is because deep inside we still have hope.
  12. “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – B. Nicole
  13. “I don’t regret difficulties I experienced; I think they helped me to become the person I am today. I feel the way a warrior must feel after years of training; he doesn’t remember the details of everything he learned, but he knows how to strike when the time is right.” – Paolo CoelhoWhen you understand,” Brandy says, “that what you’re telling is just a story. It isn’t happening anymore. When you realize the story you’re telling is just words, when you can just crumble up and throw your past in the trashcan,” Brandy says, “then we’ll figure out who you’re going to be.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
  14. “If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” – Amit Ray
  15. “The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.” – Alyson Noel
  16. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Tao Te Ching
  17. “A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath.” – Anthony Liccione
  18. “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma
  19. Letting Go And Moving On Quotes
  20. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” – Steve Maraboli
  21. “Pain will leave you, when you let go”
  22. “Let go, or be dragged.”
  23. “Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering.” – Hal Tipper
  24. “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.” – Steve Maraboli
  25. “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” – Mandy Hale
  26. “She let him go once. Every day demands that she release him over and over again.” – Julianna Baggott
  27. “One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that makes you sad.”
  28. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” – Drew Gerald
  29. “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard
  30. “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.”
  31. “When you let go you create space for something better.”
  32. “Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go.”
  33. “It’s not a matter of letting go – you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go” we should probably say “Let it be”. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  34. “Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again.” – Dawson’s Creek
  35. “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia
  36. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” – Steve Maraboli
  37. “Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.” – Justin Timberlake
  38. “Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.” – Roy T. Bennett
  39. “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” – Steve Maraboli
  40. “Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it’s frozen shut.” – Gayle Forman
  41. “Let go of something old that no longer serves you to make room for something new.” – Roy T. Bennett
  42. “Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.” – Tony Schwartz
  43. “Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go.” – Papaji
  44. “Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly, it reminds us that we know that we could do better.” – Kathryn Schultz
  45.  “You need to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old . . .” Sarah Ban Breathnach
  46. “I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me . . .” Deepak Chopra
  47. “The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” – Rebecca Solnit
  48. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
  49. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli
  50. “What happens when you let go, when your strength leaves you and you sink into darkness, when there’s nothing that you or anyone else can do, no matter how desperate you are, no matter how you try? Perhaps it’s then, when you have neither pride nor power, that you are saved, brought to an unimaginably great reward.” – Mark Halperin
  51. “Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it.” – Ginni Rometty
  52. “I think every girl has that a guy she has trouble letting go of.” – Rashida Jones
  53. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”
  54. “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye” – Beyoncé
  55. “Simplify your life. You don’t grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual.”
  56. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”- Alexander Graham Bell
  57. “If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.”
  58. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”- Erich Fromm
  59. “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” – Frederick Douglass
  60. “Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.” – T.S. Eliot
  61. “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” – Haruki Murakami
  62.  “If letting go, if letting people and things work themselves out in the way that they needed to without your help was the most important thing, then it was also the hardest.” – Deb Caletti
  63. “We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
  64. “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”
  65. “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”- Theodore Roosevelt
  66.  “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfre
  67. “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.”
  68. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.”
    – Reinhold Niebuhr
  69. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.” – Seneca
  70. “Your past does not equal your future.” – Anthony Robbins
  71. “To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” – Jack Kornfield
  72. “It’s hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I’ve learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place.” – Angelina Jolie
  73. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” – Rumi
  74. “Sometimes the door closes on a relationship, not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life. So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the new door that’s opened. It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were, it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay.” – Lee Goff
  75. “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” – Deborah Reber
  76. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley
  77. “I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve but when I’m done, I’m done.” – Turcois Ominek
  78. “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.” – Fridtjof Nansen
  79. “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!”63. “Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.” – Anthony Robbins
  80. “The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” – Shannon L. Alder
  81. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist
  82. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
  83. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling
  84. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”
  85. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne Dyer
  86. “Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make.” – Roy T. Bennett
  87. “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” – Bob Newhart
  88. “I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel
  89. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.”- Denis Waitley
  90. “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.” – Ralph Marston
  91. “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.” – Shannon L. Alder
  92. “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” – Faraaz Kazi
  93. “No matter how bad you want a person, if your hearts are in two different places, you’ll have to pass and move on.” – Alexandra Elle
  94. “Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.”
  95. “You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.” – Guy Finley
  96. “Even as I hold you, I am letting you go.” – Alice Walker
  97. “Take all the time you need to heal emotionally. Moving on doesn’t take a day, it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.” – Tere Arigo
  98. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” – Jessica Hatchigan
  99. “Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.” – Anais Nin
  100. “The moment after being let go, when we can finally let it go, is the moment when love once again has hope.” – Brian MacLearn
  101. “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?”
  102. “You’ve got to know when to let a woman go if you want to keep her,and if you don’t want to keep her you let her go anyhow so it’s always a process of letting go, one way or the other.” – Charles Bukowski
  103. “In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra
  104. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse
  105. “The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.”
  106. “Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” – Turcois Ominek
  107. “I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on” – Rascal Flatts
  108. “It’s effortless to let go of self-absorbed people. It’s challenging to let go of someone you care about and it’s exceedingly difficult to let go of an ideal and a belief in someone because what exacerbates the disappointment of finding out they weren’t who they presented themselves to be, is the betrayal of it.”
  109. “It’s you who has to hold on to earth. You have to tighten your grip—which means letting go of him.” – Melissa Bank
  110. “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.
    – Nicholas Sparks
  111. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, d’I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
    – Joel Osteen
  112. “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.
    – Deborah Reber
  113. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.
    – C. JoyBell
  114. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
    – Steve Maraboli
  115. “If love becomes too painful, then it’s time to let that love go and save yourself. You have to keep this in mind because you’ll be able to find another love but not another self.” – Robert Tew
  116. “Letting go may sound so simple, but rarely is it a one-time thing. Just keep letting go, until one day it’s gone for good.” – Eleanor Brownn
  117. “You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on.” – Sue Fitzmaurice
  118. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.
    – Steve Maraboli
  119. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
    – J.P. Morgan
  120. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
    – Maria Robinson
  121. “Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll catch up.
    – Mandy Hale
  122. “Letting go of someone we love is the hardest thing we will ever do. Some people never surrender to love for the fear of being hurt. But to not have loved, to not have felt the immense joy it brings, would have been a far worse kind of death.” – Goldie Hawn
  123. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – Walt Disney
  124. “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
  125. “Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.” – Bryant McGill
  126. “Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
  127. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  128. “Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.” – Melody Beatt
  129. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
    – Dr. Seuss

We hope these quotes help you Let Go and Move On this Week!

Moving on can be difficult and challenging. The first step begins in the mind with the DECISION to change your mindset and let go. Once you finally actually make the decision, you will see how you create a path for so many new and exciting things to begin to enter your life. Soon enough you will find yourself on a new path with new things happening that would not have happened before. Why? Because on your new path you’re open to new things, so you will be able to embrace new experiences. And that will lead to new relationships. And that will take you to a  totally different place in life.


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