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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.

These letting go quotes will inspire you to move forward in your life.

Whether it’s a relationship, a change in life circumstances, or simply something that is no longer serving you well, letting go is something that you must do in order to heal and move on.

If you stay somewhere or in something that wasn’t meant to be, you’re only doing yourself an injustice and putting your future in jeopardy.

There is a saying that depression is living in the past, anxiety is worrying about the future, and true contentment is living in the present. I know this to be true for my patients and in my work.

However, if an individual can learn to master the skills of letting go of past hurts and grievances they are holding on to, and to stop worrying about every possible case scenario in the future that can go wrong – then they can truly feel a sense of peace, and have a more successful and meaningful present, in all areas of their lives.

Below are some moving on and letting go quotes that I hope will plant kernels of inspiration and grounding for your life. With this new found peace and lightness, great things can be accomplished, and your life can be more fully enjoyed.

Letting go quotes about relationships

1.) “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, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

2.) “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

3.) “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

4.) “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” ― Shannon L. Alder

5.) “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, The Six Rules of Maybe

6.) “When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

7.) “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye.” – Beyonce Knowles

8.) “When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all.” ― Gerald G. Jampolsky

9.) “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” ― Shannon L. Alder

10.) “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.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Let it go quotes that will guide you

11.) “There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.” ― C. JoyBell C.

12.) “If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.” ― Sarah Dessen, Dreamland

13.) “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ― Jeffrey McDaniel

14.) “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

15.) “Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.” ― Shannon L. Alder

16.) “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” – Shannon L. Alder

17.) “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

18.) “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living fucking worthwhile.” ― Mia Asher, Arsen: A Broken Love Story

19.) “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” ― FaraazKazi

Inspirational moving on quotes about life

Be inspired by these letting go quotes on life

20.) “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

21.) “We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.

22.) “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” ― Terry Pratchett

23.) “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” ― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

24.) “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” ― Ann Landers

25.) “Even on my weakest days I get a little bit stronger” ― Sara Evans

26.) “Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

27.) “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 C.

28.) “I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve but when I’m done, I’m done.” ― Turcois Ominek

29.) “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward” ― Fridtjof Nansen

30.) “I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.” ― Gayle Forman, If I Stay

31.) “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, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

32.) “A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.” ― C. JoyBell C.

34.) “One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

35.) “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, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Let go quotes about forgiveness

36.) “Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.” ― Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

37.) “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, Where She Went

38.) “The truth was, he now belonged only to my past, and it was time I begin to accept it, as much as it hurt to do so.” ― Tammara Webber, Easy

Looking for popular inspiring quotes on letting go and moving on? If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you.

Quotes About Moving Forward and Letting Go

quotes on moving forward and letting go

All too often in life, we find ourselves confronted with wonderful phases of life suddenly and abruptly coming to an end. No matter if it’s the end of a beautiful relationship, a good friendship or a fulfilling job, it’s never easy to accept that it’s gone for good. As you may know, coming to terms with what has happened and finally letting go is never easy. In fact, many of us think that holding on to the past is a sign of strength. However, quite the contrary is the case. It often takes a lot more strength to move on with your life than holding on to a past that no longer is. At the same time, desperately trying to hold on to that which once was will only create even more problems. To help you with finally letting go, we’ve created the following selection of encouraging quotes about moving on. These are the quotes that will help you to let go of the past and to move towards a brighter future.

Life is all about continuous growth. It isn’t designed to be static and unmovable. Instead, it’s dynamic and continuously confronts us with change. Whether we like it or not, change cannot be avoided.

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”
Tupac Shakur

As such, trying to pursue permanence only means suffering in the long run. That’s because you will never be able to fully hold on to every aspect of your life. Instead, one part of your life may eventually leave while other aspects will become parts of your life.

The following quotes about moving on with encourage you to finally let go of what happened in the past.

Sometimes, it feels as if there are hundreds of reasons not to move on. We hope that by holding on, we somehow have a chance of getting back to how things once were. But in most cases, this is impossible. So instead of desperately trying to hold on, it’s important for your physical and mental well-being to eventually let go of what happened and to move on with your life.

80 Quotes about Moving on and Letting Go

What is so inspiring about moving on quotes is that they stem from authors who themselves were confronted with struggles of letting go. As such, they cannot only relate to your situation but they also have found powerful ways to free yourself of what is holding you back. The following quotes about moving on will inspire you to boldly move towards a writer future than to hold on to the past.

Here are these encouraging quotes about moving on

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“Life moves on and so should we”
Spencer Johnson

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“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

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“A very wise man once told me that you can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”
Jodi Picoult

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“You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.”
Mandy Hale

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“My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing the beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive – I’ll find love again.”
Paulo Coelho

 

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“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.”
Robyn Schneider

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“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.”
Wayne L. Misner

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“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

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“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”
Mary Manin Morrissey

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“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.”
Mandy Hale

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“You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”
Jodi Picoult

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“God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don’t run after them.”
Rick Warren

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“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
Steve Maraboli

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“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
Ann Landers

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“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.”
C. JoyBell C.

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“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

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“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

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“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t 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

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“I had to cease to mourn what could never be and make the most of what was possible. And I would begin doing that by trying to mend the hurts of the past.”
Cameron Dokey

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“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 C.

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“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

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“If I kept saying it; if I kept reaching out. My accident really taught me just one thing: the only way to go on is to go on. To say ‘I can do this’ even when you know you can’t.”
Stephen King

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“Even seasonal situations can bring with them lessons that last a lifetime. If the love doesn’t last, it prepares you for the one that will.”
Mandy Hale

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“There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.”
Kate DiCamillo

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“It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently, I could.”
Gabrielle Zevin

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“It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.”
Steve Maraboli

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“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
Beryl Markham

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“If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.”
Sarah Dessen

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“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
Paulo Coelho

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“Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.”
C. JoyBell C.

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“Change has to come for life to struggle forward.”
Helen Hollick

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“If I look back I am lost.”
George R.R. Martin

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“God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don’t run after them.”
Rick Warren

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“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much drabber and empty for their departure.”
Stephen King

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“When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.”
Elizabeth Berg

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“To wander is to be alive.”
Roman Payne

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“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”
Oprah Winfrey

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“In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder.”
Fulton J. Sheen

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“I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on”
Rascal Flatts

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“It never dawned on us that life is unpredictable, that one day, one of us could suddenly cease to exist and what then? What would be the joy in having left so much unsaid? With what memories would we fill the empty silence?”
Isabel Lopez

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“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

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“I don’t know what lies ahead, but I want to keep going forever…”
Fuyumi Soryo

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“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.”
Tori Amos

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“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
Pascal Mercier

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“You thought you had the choice to stay still or move forward, but your didn’t. As long as your heart kept pumping and your blood kept blowing and your lungs kept filling, you didn’t. The pang she felt for Tibby carried something like envy. You couldn’t stand still for anything short of death, and God knew she had tried.”
Ann Brashares

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“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.”
Criss Jami

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“The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
C. JoyBell C.

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“I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but to move forward”
Fridtjof Nansen

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“A competitive and insecure woman will tell you that “true love” is never giving up on someone you’re in love with. A confident and spiritual woman knows that “moving on” doesn’t mean you never loved someone. She realizes that letting go is what God needs her to do because both your happiness and hers requires taking different journeys for spiritual growth. Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing, but it is the most “real love” you will ever experience.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.”
Nicole Sobon

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“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”
Katherine Mansfield

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“The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.”
Faraaz Kazi

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“I will continue my path, but I will keep a memory always.”
Rosie Thomas

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“It’s amazing, really, how in one instant a wall can be torn down or climbed over. Misconceptions can be shattered, illusions dashed, dreams irrevocably ruined. Given the right frame of mind, within a heartbeat, people can begin the business of starting over.”
Tamara Thiel

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“If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I’m going to get there.”
Rachel Joyce

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“Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.”
Gail Tsukiyama

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“Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.”
Roy T. Bennett

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“I can’t take back the past, but I can fight for the future.”
Shannon A. Thompson

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“When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“Rehashing the past wouldn’t change anything. Time to move forward.”
Zena Wynn

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“I have to get my life back on track. Order as an antidote to chaos. Calm after the storm.”
Susane Colasanti

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“Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.”
Dan Brown

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“You loved him enough to let him leave… Now you need to love yourself enough to let him go.”
Ranata Suzuki

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“I must give you this warning: your journeys will rarely ever go as you plan. You will make mistakes, and you will feel lost. Whenever that happens, look to the light and keep moving forward in faith.”
Seth Adam Smith

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“Your heart’s strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self-worth and faith is measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don’t look back.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“If it doesn’t agree with your spirit let it go.”
Germany Kent

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“Because you simply cannot draw these things out forever. At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”
John Green

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“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.”
C. JoyBell C.

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“Memory looks back in order to move forward.”
Marty Rubin

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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

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“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

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“To everyone battling a difficulty or under attack right now, smile, keep your head up, keep moving and stay positive, you’ll get through it.”
Germany Kent

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“The answer to every adversity lies in courageously moving forward with faith.”
Edmond Mbiaka

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

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“Even a rock moves on.”
Anthony Liccione

I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes about moving on.

Stay victorious!

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70 Inspirational Quotes About Letting Go And Moving On

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Letting Go Quotes: 89 Quotes about Letting Go and Moving On

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Letting go can be one of the most difficult things you can do in your life. That is why I made this collection of quotes about letting go and moving on. It is here to show how many other people, even those famous and powerful, have had a tough time letting go in their lives.

Letting go is tough. Letting go of the past can be even harder, but it can often be the best thing to do in any situation. Holding on to old ways, self-absorbed people, past ideas, or bad habits only causes pain and more of the same. Letting go can suck, but you also open yourself up to possibilities of the future.

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What You Will Learn

Why Letting Go Is Hard

A quote by Jafree Oswald says, “all suffering is caused either by an attachment to a positive outcome or an avoidance of a negative one.

We are all unique, and each of us displays our own patterns when it comes to our ability to let things go.

To truly let go of something, we first need to have the willingness to do so.

However, as we go through the process of letting go, it is important to make time for laughter and humor wherever as possible, so the letting go process doesn't seem so dramatic, dark, and heavy.

So, why is letting go giving you such a hard time? We face a number of roadblocks as we navigate the road leading to our baggage free futures.

Why Letting Go Can Be Tough:

No trust: if you don't trust in life, then it will be that much more difficult for you to finally let go of what is plaguing you. You have to look at each new day as a gift and believe that positive things will happen.

Facing an emotional misunderstanding: our emotions don't always reflect our reality. When it comes time to face our emotions, we need to remember not to seek someone or something to rescue us; instead, we need to realize that we are the only ones with the power to make ourselves feel better.

Ego: this is that other side of ourselves that doesn't actually always reflect our true self and our reality. It goes hand in hand with our emotional misunderstandings. Thinking about what is happening and why it is happening can help us face reality and overcome it.

Not understanding love: if you can't let go of a past love, then stop and think about what love really is. If you are asked why you can't let go and you give the reason that you are still in love, then you are making that love possessive – and love is far from that. It is free, and it always exists. You need to understand this so you can start the process of letting go.

Without further ado, let’s check out our first batch of letting go quotes…

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Quotes About Letting Go and Moving on to Better Things

​“‎All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”– H. Havelock Ellis

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”– Steve Maraboli

“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

“Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.”– Sara Evans

“It is mental slavery to cling to things that have stopped serving its purpose in your life.”– Chinonye J. Chidolue

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”– Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is just a slide. Back and forth between loving and leaving, remembering and forgetting, holding on, and letting go.”– Nicole Lyons

“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity, and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”– Tony Schwartz

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die, and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.”– Bryant McGill

“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!”– Steve Maraboli

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”– Ann Lander

​“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

“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.”– C. JoyBell, C.

“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

“There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”– Terry Pratchett

“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

“You can only lose what you cling to.”– Buddha

“You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.”– Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Your past does not equal your future.”– Anthony Robbins

[Letting go is easier said than done. If the past haunts you it may be difficult to let it go, but worth the effort if you succeed. Get some tips to help you let go of the past.]

It is difficult to tell others that they need to let go of their bad habits because people can become really attached to these bad habits. Have you ever tried to warn a smoker about the perils of smoking? It can be tough. You basically need them to be ready for change and then allow them to come to you.

It can equally be as tough to tell someone to let go of the bad things in their past. Yes, these bad things from the past hold them back, but they also make people who they are today. By letting go, they may feel they risk losing some important part of themselves.

But the toughest, hands down, is to try to convince someone about letting go of a bad relationship. Unless they are ready to make some changes, most people never want to hear negative things about their relationships; this is particularly true when they know the things are true. A bad relationship can hold you back and keep you from achieving success in life just as easily as bad habits and a bad past can.

Letting Go of a Relationship Quotes

“I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve, but when I’m done, I’m done.”– Turcois Ominek

“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” – Nicole Sobon

“It is by giving the freedom to the other, that is by letting go, we gain our own freedom back.”– Aleksandra Ninkovic

“Just because someone has been in your life for many years, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a point at which you finally decide to let go.”– Wilfred James Dolor

“Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.”– Unknown

“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

“Relinquishing control to another person is like death: it’s only scary until it finally happens.”– Agnostic Zetetic

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So, you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them, they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”– Stephen King

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”– Octavia Butler

​“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

“Sometimes, you have to let things go. Sometimes, you have to stop caring for a minute.”– Trina Etmanskie

“The bottom line is this; when one person stops being a part of your life, another one will come, and fill that empty space. Leave the ones who left in the past, right where they belong, and never look back.”– Ena Snow

“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.”– Unknown

“When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So, the fearful past causes a fearful future, and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all.”– Gerald G. Jampolsky

“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can't accept who you are.”– Turcois Ominek

“Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you’ve had significant relationships with. Understand when someone no longer positively affects your life. Let them go. Don’t hinder your growth.”– Unknown

So, what can you get when you finally decide to “let go” of the things that hold you back? I think the simple answer to that is everything. When you let go of what holds you back, you also let go of your limits.

Who says you can’t go back to school? Who says you can’t travel the world? Why can’t you start your own business? What is stopping you from losing weight, breaking bad habits, learning new skills, or finding a supportive relationship? Nothing, and no one!

When you let go of what holds you back, you lift the limits on your life. You can do anything.

Now let’s take another look at some expert quotes on letting go…

Quotes About Letting Go of the Past

“A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath.”– Anthony Liccione

“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

“Sooner or later, we’ve all got to let go of our past.”– Dan Brown

“Letting go is not getting rid of memories. Memories will stay; they always do. Letting go is making sure that the pain associated with the memories goes away.” Arti Honrao

“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

“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”– Steve Maraboli

“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

“When we go back into the past and rake up all the troubles we’ve had, we end up reeling and staggering through life. Stability and peace of mind come by living in the moment.”– Pam W. Vredevelt

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”– Lyndon B. Johnson

“You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on.”– Sue Fitzmaurice

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”– Jan Glidewell

“Holding on is believing that there’s a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

Did you have abusive or negligent parents? Did you have a tough time getting through high school? Have you had a particularly bad relationship in the past, or memories of fear, anger, and hatred?

Letting go of the past is a tough cookie to crumble. On the one hand, these injuries from the past are what makes us who we are today; they can make us strong, resilient, and give us the fire to push ourselves forward when others quit. But they eventually our past can become the thing that holds us back and keeps us from evolving in life.

It is hard to have happiness, for example, when you are still constantly mad at something your parents did 20 years ago. No matter how much you succeed it will leave a hole that can’t be filled.

[Negativity is something that can hold you back from the success you desire. If you want to let go, you may first have to gain a more positive attitude. Learn how to stop being negative.]

Quotes About Letting Go of Love

“Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.”– Justin Timberlake

“Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you, he will have to go there first.”– Shannon L. Alder

“I think every girl has that one guy she has trouble letting go of.”– Rashida Jones

“I think that you never fall out of love with somebody, you just let go and move on.”– Ashley Rickards

“The truth was, he now belonged only to my past, and it was time I begin to accept it, as much as it hurt to do so.”– Tammara Webber

​“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

“If you only knew how to respect my heart, I wouldn’t have found a reason to let you go.”– Jourdane Erasquin

“Pain will leave you when you let go.”– Jeremy Aldana

“She let him go once. Every day demands that she release him over and over again.”– Julianna Baggott

“There’s no point in arguing and loving someone who doesn’t want to be with you and doesn’t want to keep you in his life… the real person will try harder to reach out and work for the best and what’s supposed to be done to their relationship… but things are not so good this time, it’s time to try letting go.”– Ressha

“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

“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

“To love and let go, love and let go, love, and let go… it's the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.”– Rachel Brathen

“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. It’s always a process of letting go, one way or the other.”– Charles Bukowski

Love is something most of us desire. Unfortunately, far too few find love in a way that lasts forever. The chances are good that you have had your heart broken. Many people (maybe even most people) have had their hearts broken at least one time in their lives.

Some people have had love and lost it multiple times. They may even think they are unlovable, or some universal force is keeping them from finding happiness and love. This is why letting go of love when it doesn’t work is important.

Broken relationships should not be a life sentence. There should be a time of grief, and then you proceed to move on. You may never forget the past loves, but you need to be resilient enough to move on and give yourself another shot at love in the future.

Letting Go Quotes to Help Your Work and Career

“You really don’t have to burn any bridges to let go… You don’t have to destroy anything. You can just decide to cross over and move on.”– Marta Mrotek

“I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.”– Robert Downey Jr.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”– Henry Ford

“Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it.”– Anthony Robbins

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”– C. JoyBell, C.

“The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.”– Baltasar Gracián

“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

“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

“The pathway to success is paved with the stones of failure.” – SJ Scott

​“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

“Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.”– Anais Nin

Yes, you may need to “let go” of things that happen to you in your work and career. We view these bad events as something that may derail our work and career and cause us to become failures, but in doing so, we forget the most important part.

When you invest too much time thinking about how you failed, then you are not spending time learning the lessons of failure.

Quotes About Letting Go and Forgiveness

“It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.”– Steve Maraboli

“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

“Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you were responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival.”– Osho

“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

“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, C.

“I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but to move forward.”– Fridtjof Nansen

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on.”– Bob Newhart

“Let go of something old that no longer serves you to make room for something new.”– Roy T. Bennett

“Let go or be dragged.”– Unknown

“Sometimes, you have to take a step back to move forward.”– Erika Taylor

“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”– Miguel Ruiz

Sometimes when we make statements about letting go, and it means just that. If your parents were abusive, toxic, or negligent, for example, it might be best to simply cut off all contact and think of them as having passed on.

But many issues that haunt our past are not enough to ruin a relationship. Perhaps your loved ones made a big mistake but have otherwise always been there for you. In situations like these, it may be best to face the past problem, come to grips with it, and then let it go, and allow forgiveness.

You see, when it comes to the pain of the past, forgiving and letting go actually does more to help YOU than it does to help the person you forgive.

Well, hopefully, this collection of letting go quotes has shown you that you are not alone. Many of the best minds in history have struggled with thoughts of letting go and moving on. They have struggled with the idea and left these awesome letting go quotes behind to share with us.

[ See 71 Forgiveness quotes to help you let go of the anger and forgive the people who have hurt you. ]

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Collection of inspiring quotes about moving on in life, letting go of the past, and moving forwards to success and inner happiness.

81 Amazing Quotes on Moving Forward and Letting Go

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Moving On Quotes – Quotes About Moving Forward & Letting Go “I’ve always been taken with aphorisms: one, two or three line words of wisdom that cut to the heart of the human condition, words we can think about and Taking Care of Yourself is Key to Moving On

Letting go and moving on “If you have lived for any length of time, you probably know that two things are necessary:

#1. The hardest part about walking away from someone is the part where you realize that, no matter how slowly you go, they will never run after you.”

#2. It’s better to have nobody than to have someone who is half there, or doesn’t want to be there.”

#3. She moved on, and I feel sorry for you because she thought you were the most amazing boy ever. If she could have had any guy in the world, she still would have picked you. Now, you’re just another part of her past, a memory more faded every day. And someday, she’ll find the one she deserves, and he will make her the happiest girl in the world.”


#4. A person that truly loves you will never let you go, no matter how hard the situation is.”

#5. The sad thing is, I actually thought you were different.”


#6. The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.”


#7. She’s a keeper too bad you didn’t keep her. Now she will be with a man that really knows how to treat her.”

#8. Don’t let him have the satisfaction of knowing you’ll always be there waiting.”

#9. And the missing him. Don’t block it out, don’t cut so it stops, don’t drink yourself numb. Just sit and let it all rip you apart. And then get up and keep breathing. One breath at a time. One day at a time. Wake up, and be shredded. Cry for a while. Then stop crying and go about your day. You’re not okay, but you’re alive, and you will be okay, someday.” #You make it sound easy.” #Fuck no, it’s not easy. It’s the hardest thing ever. But it’s the only way. What you’re doing is gonna kill you.”

Moving On Quotes

#10. It is better to end something and start another than to imprison yourself in hoping for the impossible.”

#11. There’s always that one special person that no matter what they’ve done to you, you still, just can’t let them go.”

#12. He screwed up, and you did absolutely nothing wrong. You gave him your heat and you trusted him to keep it and protect it, but he couldn’t. And honestly, he’s not mature enough. He’s not smart enough. If he was smart, he would have cared for you with every fiber of his being and been with you in every spare second he could, but he didn’t.”


#13. I’m not mad. I’m hurt. There’s a difference.”

#14. The best thing in life is finding someone who knows all your flaws, mistakes and weaknesses, but still thinks you’re completely amazing.”

#15. Silence… because that’s the only thing he deserves from you now.”

#16. If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one.”

#17. Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling up a perfect piece of paper. You can smooth it over but it’s never going to be the same again.”

#18. Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.”


#19. Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.”

#20. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

#21. At some point, you must accept that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”

#22. To heal a would you need to stop touching it”

#23. No more tears, because I didn’t lose you. You lost me.”

#24. You’re never asking for too much. You’re just asking the wrong person..”


#25. Sometimes it’s just done… Just walk away and move on… No ugly words… No formal goodbyes… Just no more.”

#26. See the possibility, not the problem.”

#27. Go for someone who is not only proud to have you but will also take every risk just to be with you.”

#28. Your gut knows what’s up. Trust that bitch.”

#29. I’m a very strong believer that whoever is meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, regardless of how far they wander.”

#30. If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on your table and a roof over your head. You are richer than you think.”

#31. Don’t give up on something you really want”

#32. When it hurts to move on, just remember the pain you felt hanging on.”

#33. You should not have to rip yourself into pieces to keep others whole.”


#34. God only gives three answers to prayer: 1. ‘Yes!’ 2. ‘Not yet.’ 3. ‘I have something better in mind.”

#35. Closure happens right after you accept that letting go and moving on is more important than projecting a fantasy of how the relationship could have been.”

#36. The problem is women think he will change, he won’t. The mistake men make is thinking she’ll never leave, she will”

#37. You have to move on. Moving on and getting over someone is one of the hardest things you have to do in life. Especially if it’s with someone you saw your future with. So you have to move in the right way. Get your closure from them and tell them everything you ever wanted to tell them, how much you love them, how much you hate them, etc. So you will have no regrets or what ifs. Then tell them goodbye forever. If they let you leave without a fight for you, then they’re not worth it anyways. It’s going to hurt like hell. Allow yourself to be sad. To be angry. But you have to wake up every day and continue your life without them. It’s always easier said than done. So just let time heal your wounds. This is a time for you to heal. To take care of your heart. One day you will wake up and you won’t miss them anymore.”

#38. Maybe I needed to be with you in order to learn that I deserved more | r.h. Sin”

#39. I told you I’d move on. I told you I’d let you go someday. Honestly, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but it was worth it. For me, for my heart. You hurt me so bad. You killed my trust, you changed me. I knew I could be strong enough o let you go. I knew it and I did it. I can’t explain how proud I am. Because I’m the only one who knows how much you hurt me. But here I am now, healing. We may love the wrong person, cry for the wrong person, but one thing is sure, mistakes will help us find the right person someday.”

#40. I miss you. No, let me correct that, I miss the old you. I miss the old you that cared about me and the old you that would treat me so well.”

#41. To heal a wound you need to stop touching it.”

#42. Not friends not enemies, just strangers with some memories.”

#43. Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.”

#44. Tomorrow will be a new chapter in my life. This book is getting very interesting.”

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