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No matter how much we want things to stay the same, life is all about change. Sometimes change is for the better, and sometimes it’s not.

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But no matter why things are changing, we need to be able to let go and move on. Whether it’s the death of a loved one, a painful breakup, a business failure, or a treacherous betrayal, holding onto pass pain and resentment will only hold you back.


Here are some quotes about moving forward and letting go to help you take your eyes off the rearview mirror and onto the road in front of you.

Moving On Quotes

“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

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

“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 you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

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

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

“When lifes seems hopeless, rearrange things for a dose of dopeness.” – Kid Cudi

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

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

“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

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

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

“When the world is at your back, and your heart is at your feet…the best way to go on is to just “be”.” – Jennifer Varnadore

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

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse

“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

“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

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

“There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” – Jessica Hatchigan

“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

“Forgiveness means letting go of the past.” – Gerald Jampolsky

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist

“If you love something, you have to let it go.” – Unknown

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

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

“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

“Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.” – Shinjo Ito

“When you let go, you are truly free.” – Unknown

“You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.” – Guy Finley

“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

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

“Life moves on and so should we” – Spencer Johnson

“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius

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

“Broken hearts hurt but they will make you strong” – Unknown

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

“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

“Even a rock moves on.” – Anthony Liccione

“Time flies, people change. You’re not always needed. There are times to move forward and places to let go.” – Unknown

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.” – Ralph Marston

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

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

“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

“Making a big life change can be scary but living with regret is always scarier.” – Unknown

“Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to.” – Mandy Hale

“Some think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it’s letting go.” – Herman Hesse

“Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.” – Unknown

“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

“We don’t want to go back to the same policies and practicies that drove our economy into a ditch, that punished the middle class, and that led to this catastrophe. We keep moving forward.” – David Axelrod

If these letting go quotes helped you, please feel free to share your experiences below. Also don’t hesitate to share if you know a great moving on quote that we don’t have listed above.

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22 Empowering Quotes to Inspire You to Keep Going

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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

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Quotes About Moving Forward and Letting Go

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Breakups suck, there's no pretending otherwise. But after you've cried so much you've become genuinely dehydrated, and eaten enough pizza to make you forever lactose intolerant, it's time to bring out the break up quotes.

Inspiring breakup quotes are not just reserved for cheesy Facebook posts and your Uncle's questionable Instagram grid. Oh no, they can be really bloody great for helping to heal a broken heart. Here are some of the most positive, life-affirming breakup quotes you'll ever read.

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wise words about moving on

Wisdom need not always be verbose. In fact, some of the wisest, most memorable quotes by famous people are pretty darn short, yet they pack a lot of meaning in their punch. Keeping it short works well probably because of K.I.S.S.: "Keep it simple, stupid."

George Bernard Shaw: "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

Mother Teresa: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Lucille Ball: "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place."

Stephen Colbert: "Dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."

Oprah Winfrey: "Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness."

Stephen Hawking: "Be curious."

Mother Teresa: "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

Michelle Obama: "Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."

Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

Gabrielle Giffords​: "Be bold, be courageous, be your best."

Madeleine Albright: "Real leadership...comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing."

Babe Ruth: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."

Seneca: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

Anna Quindlen: "Don’t ever confuse the two: your life and your work. The second is only part of the first."

Thomas Jefferson: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."

Dolly Parton: "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Francis David: "We need not think alike to love alike."​

John Quincy Adams: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

Malcolm X: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Hillary Clinton: "Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward."

Thomas A. Edison: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Katie Couric: "You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you."

Jon Bon Jovi: "Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."​

Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you." 

Tina Fey: "There are no mistakes, only opportunities."

Francis Bacon: "A prudent question is one half of wisdom."​

Sheryl Sandberg: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Eleanor Roosevelt: "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Florence Nightingale: "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."

Edwin Land: "Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."

Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."

Rosa Parks​: "When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."

Henry Ford: "Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Gloria Steinem: "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.​​"​

Christopher Reeve: "Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

Kate Winslet: "Life is short, and it is here to be lived."

Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 

Alice Walker: "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "Great acts are made up of small deeds."

Amelia Earhart: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity."

Ellen DeGeneres: "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." 

Walt Disney: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

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