These moving forward quotes and sayings will motivate you to make that first step.
What does it mean to move forward? In the simplest terms, it is the act of advancing in position or literally moving in a forward direction. If you think of it in terms of how humans respond to things, there is flight (running away from something or back the way you came), fight (pushing past the obstacle in your way), or freeze (standing still). Fighting doesn’t always mean literally coming to blows, but rather moving forward.
One of the best ways to move forward is to not dwell on the past or what went wrong, as many of these moving forward quotes discuss. We should always learn something from an experience, but let go of it once it has taught us the lesson we were meant to learn.
I heard a saying once, “It’s ok to be sad, but don’t unpack your bags and stay there.” That’s what moving forward means to mean, not unpacking and getting comfortable in a situation that doesn’t serve you.
How can you move forward? Hopefully, these moving forward quotes will give you some good ideas and encourage you to take that first step.
Don’t forget to also check out these moving quotes to inspire you to keep going.
Pushing forward quotes about failure and mistakes
1. “Sometimes we stumble and fall, it doesn’t mean we are failures, it simply means we are moving forward.” ― Gift Gugu Mona
2. “Love yourself enough to move forward from whatever mistakes you may have made.” ― Akiroq Brost
3. “Mistakes are acceptable if they’re the result of moving forward.” ― Andrew Yang
4. “Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.” ― Roy T. Bennett
5. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ― Denis Waitley
6. “I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward if you make a mistake, say you made a mistake.” ― John Frusciante
7. “There’s no time for regrets. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.” ― Mike McCready
Inspirational keep moving forward quotes about falling and getting back up
8. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” ― Victor Kiam
9. “The only person that ever stumbles is a guy moving forward. You don’t stumble backwards; you stumble forward, and you never stumble when you’re stationary. So don’t worry about stumbling. Keep pushing it forward.” ― James Carville
10. “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” ― Richard Branson
11. “Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice!” ― Zig Ziglar
12. “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forward.” ― Sylvester Stallone
13. “Life is about how much you can take and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward.” ― Anderson Silva
Move forward quotes about the past and looking backward
14. “Sometimes in order to move the mind forward we must shift its gears out of reverse.” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones
15. “The longer we keep looking back in the rearview mirror, it takes away from everything that’s moving forward.” ― Dan Quinn
16. “Don’t hold on to the past; it won’t help in moving forward. Dare to dream big.” ― Rajeev Suri
17. “Rehashing the past wouldn’t change anything. Time to move forward.” ― Zena Wynn
18. “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
19. “Some people are meant to stay put, and some people are meant to go. But running is different than going. When you’re running, you spend the whole time looking over your shoulder. To go forward, you gotta look forward.” ― Gretchen Anthony
20. “She understands now what she, in all her worry, had forgotten. That even as she hesitates and wavers, even as she thinks too much and moves too cautiously, she doesn’t always have to get it right. It’s okay to look back, even as you move forward.” ― Jennifer E. Smith
21. “In matters of pilgrimage, should you be more like a shark? Just keep moving forward, never back?” ― A.D. Aliwat
22. “Moving backward meant more suffering, and staying stuck was just as bad. That left moving forward. There had to be an answer somewhere.” ― Susan Mallery
23. “The way I look at it, every day that I’m moving forward is a day I’m not moving backward. Just the fact that I’m in the race at all is a miracle.”― Bobby Bones
24. “It’s a wonderful world. You can’t go backwards. You’re always moving forward. It’s the wonderful part about life. And that’s terrific.” ― Harvey Fierstein
Motivational moving forward quotes to live by
25. “Baby steps count, too, as long as you’re moving forward.” ― Chris Gardner
26. “The choice isn’t to move on—life moves whether I want it to or not. No, the choice is to look forward, not backward, to take a step because refusing to move won’t draw the past nearer, only postpone better days.” ― Caroline George
27. “I am grateful for all the moments that I have, and I’m moving forward one step at a time to the future.” ― Park Bo-gum
28. “There is no standing still because time is moving forward.” ― Greg Lake
29. “You can’t expect to move forward if your emergency brake is on.” ― Angela Cecilia
30. “Even snails make progress. Just be sure your progress is in the direction you want to go.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
31. “Whatever happens, I’ll just keep moving forward. Like an avalanche.” ― Michelle Phan
32. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” ― Henry Ford
33. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein
34. “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.
Moving forward quotes to keep you going
35. “Our scars make us who we are. Wear them proudly and move forward.” ― Jane Linfooth
36. “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
37. “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
38. “When you have something to do, life will not allow you to move forward until you do it.” ― Iyanla Vanzant
39. “Change has to come for life to struggle forward.” ― Helen Hollick
40. “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
41. “Perhaps we never stop loving someone. We just learn to move forward. To live without them because of them. Perhaps we let go to hold on.” ― Caroline George
42. “Even if our life circumstances take a while to reflect our inner decisions, once decisions are made, everything in our life will move in the direction of aligning with that.” ― Donna Goddard
Other inspirational quotes about moving forward
43. “Only your determination and your strong desire will move you forward.” ― Aurora Berill
44. “Growth is about moving forward while chaos often sends you repeatedly through the same cycles.” ― Victoria L. White
45. “You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” ― Conrad Hall
46. “A lot of things are going to happen that you can’t necessarily control all the time, but you can control what you do after it happens. So that’s what I try to do, keep my head up, keep moving forward, stay positive and just work hard.” ― Lonzo Ball
47. “You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight, and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward.” ― Joel Osteen
48. “Life doesn’t always end up where you want it to go; you have to be an optimist and keep moving forward.” ― Tinsley Mortimer
49. “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” ― Maxwell Maltz
50. “Try to write at least 500 words a day. You may ditch 499 of them tomorrow, but you will still be moving forward.” ― Jojo Moyes
Moving forward quotes to encourage you to move on
51. “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
52. “You can’t start a new chapter in your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” ― Suzy Kassem
53. “If you are busy focusing on the falling bricks, you will never realize that they are truly stepping stones you need to cross over to the next phase of your life.” ― Kemi Sogunle
54. “Moving is not about forgetting. It’s about moving forward and never looking back.” ― Imania Margria
55. “Success is a choice; a promise that you make to yourself to keep moving forward.” ― Elizabeth Bourgeret
56. “There is no such thing as standing still; you either move forward or regress.” ― Bohdi Sanders
57. “Don’t let the blights of the past hold you back from the bliss of the future.” ― Constance Friday
58. “You know you’re in a good place when you no longer are interested in looking back. You prefer to enjoy the journey.” ― Karen Salmansohn
59. “One thing I’ve found… the road rarely rises up to meet you until you’ve begun walking.” ― Michele Jennae
60. “Don’t waste today by talking about yesterday until it’s finally tomorrow.” ― Tim Fargo
What did you learn from these moving forward quotes?
It is difficult to let go of the things that hold us back, or the trauma that has taught us to fear change. The scars might be red, raised, and angry now, but they do fade.
Taking one small step every day, toward a new future, we can get ourselves far enough away from it. Sometimes, that distance is all we need to help heal our wounds.
Other times, you might want some help to move forward, and that by itself is a big step. A therapist, or a life coach, can give you the tools to chart the course forward. Be courageous and have faith in what you are meant to do.
I always tell my husband that my definition of success is not going backward, and there are more than enough moving forward quotes to show I am not the only one who uses this philosophy. Share any tips, or other favorite moving forward quotes and sayings with us in the comment section below.
April 12, 2022 5:00 AM EST