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Letting Go Quotes For Finally Moving On

If you’ve found yourself terrified to move on, these letting go quotes will help tremendously.

Holding on to the past will only serve to impair your future, let these letting go quotes help you move on. It’s often hard to let things go that mattered a great deal to us, but in order to best heal, we must learn to let go.

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 newfound peace and lightness, great things can be accomplished, and your life can be more fully enjoyed.

We also have a compilation of quotes about moving that will inspire you to let go of your past.

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

Letting go quotes about forgiveness

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

Letting go quotes about change

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
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Letting go quotes about heartbreak

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

Letting go quotes about freedom

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

Letting go quotes about getting help

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

Letting go quotes on saying goodbye

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

letting go quotes about the past

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

letting go quotes about the future

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.

letting go quotes about hate

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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.

letting go quotes about family

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

letting go quotes about loving him

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

letting go quotes about honesty

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

letting go quotes about uncertainty

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

letting go quotes about secure people

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

letting go quotes about respect

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

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

letting go quotes about healing

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

letting go quotes on moving on

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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

letting go quotes about the journey

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.

letting go quotes about venturing out

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

letting go quotes about children

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
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letting go quotes about departure

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

letting go quotes about hanging on

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

letting go quotes to make you strong

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

letting go quotes about memories

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.

letting go quotes about reason

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

letting go quotes about chances

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

letting go quotes about choices

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

letting go quotes to motivate you

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

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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

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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

39. “And I told him, I said: “One day you’re going to miss the subway because it’s not going to come. One of these days, it’s going to break down and it’s not going to come around and everyone else will just wait for the next one or will take the bus, or walk, or run to the next station: they will go on with their lives. And you’re not going to be able to go on with your life! You’ll be standing there, in the subway station, staring at the tube. Why? Because you think that everything has to happen perfectly and on time and when you think it’s going to happen! Well guess what! That’s not how things happen! And you’ll be the only one who’s not going to be able to go on with life, just because your subway broke down. So you know what, you’ve got to let go, you’ve got to know that things don’t happen the way you think they’re going to happen, but that’s okay, because there’s always the bus, there’s always the next station…you can always take a cab.” ― C. JoyBell C.

40. “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, Because of Winn-Dixie

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

43. “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.

44. “Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” ― TurcoisOminek

45. “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” ― Haruki Murakami

46. “When you leave, weary of me, without a word I shall gently let you go.” ― Kim Sowol

47. “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will… but then again, if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all. Imagining isn’t perfect. You can’t get all the way inside someone else… But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. It is the machine that kills the fascists” ― John Green, Paper Towns

48. “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. (January 11)” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

50. “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” ― Nicole Sobon, Program 13

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Letting go and moving on quotes for him

51. “Sometimes, we have to fight for what we love and care about. Other times, we have to find strength to let go of the things we love most” – Anonymous

52. “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

53. “You must be strong enough to know that love will come to you when you are ready. You must be strong enough to know when to say goodbye, and know that letting go is not weak.” – Marisa Donnelly

54. “It is tough to let go of someone you can’t live without. But living with someone who can live without you, is much worse.” – Anon

Letting go and moving on quotes for her

55. “Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go.”- Jackson Kiddard

56. “It’s tough to let go and move on from bad relationships, but so is every other good thing in life.” – Anon
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57. “Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to.” – Mandy Hale

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

59. “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

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

Inspirational moving on quotes

Here are other thoughtful letting go quotes to inspire you even more.

61. “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.” – Anon
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62. “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard

63. “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.” –C. JoyBell C.

64. “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

65. “You have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.” – Candace Bushnell

66. “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”- Elizabeth Gilbert

67. “Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next” – Anon

68. “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

69. “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

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

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Moving on quotes to help you move forward

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

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

73. “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
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74. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

75. “I do a good job of staying positive and just moving on.” – Katie Taylor

76. “I can enjoy anywhere, and I can leave it. Life is about moving on.” – Waris Dirie

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

78. “Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.”― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

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

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80. “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”― Jojo Moyes

More quotes about moving forward & letting go

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

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

83. “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

84. “To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.” – Dave Pelzer
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85. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”― Robert Brault

86. “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

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

88. “I welcomed who I was and left behind who I was not.”― David Elliott

89. “Our scars make us who we are. Wear them proudly, and move forward.”― Jane Linfoot

90. “You can’t expect to move forward if your emergency break is on.” ― Angela Cecilia

Letting go quotes to inspire fresh beginnings

91. “Don’t go through life; grow through life.”― Eric Butterworth

92. “Don’t hang on to the past and don’t look on to the future, focus on your present and present will build your future, cover your past and make your present worth a while”― Meeran W. Malik

93. “No boundary or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.”― Shannon L. Alder

94. “Instead of thinking I am losing something when I clear clutter, I dwell on what I might gain.”― Lisa J. Shultz

95. “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.”― Steve Maraboli

96. “Sometimes you hold on to what’s left,
Sometimes you let go to start afresh.”― Sanhita Baruah

97. “Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.”― Germany Kent
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98. “There is absolutely no beauty in holding onto something that you’re supposed to let go of.”― Sai Pradeep

99. “Sometimes letting go is braver than holding on until you break.”― Rebekah Crane

100. “Life is like a river, if you cannot let go of the past, it will drag you down the stream.”― Amit Ray

Letting go quotes that will guide you

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

102. “Letting go is also a matter of self-worth.”― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

103. “The greatest win is walking away and choosing not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all.”― Lalah Delia

104. “By accepting the process of letting go, we make people and things that we can’t stay with forever a part of our history.”― Dr Prem Jagyasi

105. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.”― Drew Gerald

106. “Let the things of long ago drift away on the water.”― Alan Brennert

107. “It’s the way you fall you. Gotta let yourself go.”― Melville Shavelson

108. “You can’t hold on to the past and expect to grow as a human being.”― Marty Rubin

109. “Sometimes the only way to get a grip is by learning to let go.”― Curtis Tyrone Jones

110. “A mistake is only a mistake if you dwell on it. Let go and forgive.”― Akiroq Brost

111. “Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.” – Melissa Marr

112. “Letting go is an energetic process that moves us in a different flow of reality beyond the illusion and into more of a free-flowing liberation space.” – Christine McCormick Day

113. “Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.” – Bryant H. McGill

114. “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” – Nhat Hanh

115. “The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be.” – Max De Pree

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Letting go quotes to help you move forward

116. “Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

117. “Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti

118. “There are two ways to be. One is at war with reality and the other is at peace.” – Byron Katie

119. “Let go and just do your own work.” – Ajahn Chah

120. “Let go of becoming but never let go of taking action. Stop expecting and start living.” – Maxime Lagacé

121. “The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

123. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau

124. “Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.” – Jack Kornfield

125. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

Quotes about letting go and moving on

126. “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass – It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”– Vivian Greene

127. “The past always looks better than it was because it isn’t here.”– Finley Peter Dunne

128. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”– Maria Robinson

129. “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”– George Eliot

130. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”– Unknown

131. “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

132. “If you’ve fallen down, today is the day you can get back up and try again.” – Amelie Chance

133. “Life only demands from you the strength you possess.” – Dag Hammarskjold

134. “Some things are just never meant to be, no matter how much we wish they were.” – Unknown

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

Finally letting go quotes

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

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

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

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

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

141. “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

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

143. “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

144. “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

145. “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

Other eye-opening Letting go quotes

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

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

148. “To wander is to be alive.” – Roman Payne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letting go quotes to ease the pain

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

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157. “Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.” — Shannon L. Alder

158. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ― Steve Maraboli

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

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

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

162. “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

163. “If you want to fly in the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go of the past that drags you down.” — Amit Ray

164. “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

165. “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.

Letting go quotes that will set you free and inspire you to keep going

166. “There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.” — Mike White

167. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” — Guy Finley

168. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” — Hermann Hesse

169. “What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?” Brene Brown

170. “The point of human evolution is adapting to circumstance. Not letting go of the old, but adapting it, is necessary.” — Sonali Bendre

171. “You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won’t receive the good things God has in store.” — Joel Osteen

172. “Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.” — Ron Taffel

173. “Everything I read about hitting a midlife crisis was true. I had such a struggle letting go of youthful things and learning how to exist and have enthusiasm while settling into the comfort of an older age.” — David Bowie

174. “Letting go helps us 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 Beattie

175. “Relationships are eternal. The ‘separation’ is another chapter in the relationship. Often, letting go of the old form of the relationship becomes a lesson in pure love much deeper than any would have learned had the couple stayed together.” — Marianne Williamson

More letting go quotes to help you move on

176. “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

177. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.” – J. C. Watts

178. “Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” – Joel Osteen

179. “There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its value.” – Ellen Goodman

180. “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

181. “People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” – Bill Cosby

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

183. “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

184. “It’s sad but sometimes moving on with the rest of you life starts with goodbye.” – Carrie Underwood

185. “Don’t go back to something God has already rescued you from.” – Mandy Hale

Thought-provoking letting go quotes

186. “You are not giving up when you let go, you are moving on, there is a big difference.” – Catherine Pulsifer

187. “Offering yourself forgiveness and compassion for what has happened will help you to let go of the past so that you can move more fully into the future.” – Alison Cardy

188.” … many of us refuse to “let go,” and we spend our lives fighting battles we will not win.” – Paul David Tripp

189. “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

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

191. “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

192. “What feels like the end is often the beginning.” – Anonymous

193. “If the past is not resolved, future relationships will suffer. Let your heart heal, before you open the door to another.” – Leon Brown

194. “Letting go means freedom from unpleasant memories.” – Remez Sasson

195. “Letting go brings a feeling of lightness and freedom, like taking a heavy rock off your shoulders.” – Remez Sasson

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

Letting go quotes about hard it is and why you should do it

197. “I have realized taking a stand is tough, but what’s tougher is maintaining it and letting go of all those who doubt your intent.” — Rhea Chakraborty

198. “Letting go of things and not being afraid of being ridiculous or over the top – I think that’s the main thing for me to work on.” — Charlotte Gainsbourg

199. “By letting go of my fears and concerns, I’ve gained so much happiness and freedom. With that freedom I’ve also gained confidence.” — Sabrina Claudio

200. “I feel like, every single decision I make and every single album I make, it’s all about letting go. Letting go of the past and just getting on with it.” — John Grant

201. “Most people believe that results matter. The idea that results matter is one that you have to keep letting go of. And most of the time, I believe it.” — Russell Simmons

202. “Meditation is really letting go of all the thought processes or ‘mind traffic’ that gets in the way of just whatever is between you and space and consciousness.” — Trudie Styler

203. “As you become aware of what has robbed you of the purity of an innocent mind, a clear heart and a strong body, you will be deeply served by letting go of those familiar limitations.” — Debbie Ford

204. “So we’re in this process of letting go of our own attachments to our physical forms and to the people we love, and… basically everything. Life is like this one big process of letting go.” — Adrianne Lenker

205. “I think anybody who has had a long relationship and has had a really hard time letting go, wants to feel like it’s not all for naught, and it’s meaningful, because it makes you who you are.” — Rashida Jones

206. “A huge problem we face when we’re in need is giving up our intuition and blindly following instruction. Letting go works when we are following our hearts, but not so well when we are following a leader.” — Tara Stiles

Which letting go quotes stood out to you most, and why?

Letting go and moving on of love, anger, expectations or burdens is never an easy thing to do. Let this moving forward quotes plant kernels of inspiration and grounding for your life so you can have inner peace, lightness and presence.

Moving forward is something we all need to learn if we want to discover better things in life. Hopefully, these let go quotes have given you strength and inspiration to do what you believe is right.

Did you enjoy these quotes about letting go? Which letting go quotes were your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about.

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor
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  1. Joann

    December 23, 2020 at 10:29 PM

    A lot of these resonate with me. My husband died 20 years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever let go. We had a great marriage. But I realize reading these, that I must let go or a happy new love or future will never come. Very inspiring.

  2. Cynthia House

    February 17, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    I really liked the quote about sometimes you must let go, simply because holding onto it has become too heavy – I read another part to that somewhere else and it said something like – its like weights around one’s ankles and I felt like I was in a sinking ship. Always being there for someone you love when they are never there for you is painful and eventually it becomes a weight impossible to carry, no matter who it is. Since letting go, my heart is so much lighter because I’m not constantly crying over a new hurt. They didn’t change, but I had to.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      February 17, 2019 at 6:31 PM

      That is such a lovely insight, and I am so pleased to hear that you are “lighter,” for having let go. Thank you for sharing. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

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