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Moving Quotes to Inspire You to Keep Going

Whether you are moving on from a past relationship or moving to a new state, moving on is the start of a new beginning in your life.

As the moving quotes below will show you, this brand new chapter will provide many opportunities for you to grow and evolve. 

What do you want to move on from? 

Many of us hold onto the past because it keeps us comfortable.

Letting go of the past means stepping out into the unknown, which scares many people.

But, the truth is, holding onto the past is only holding you back.

Now is the time to let it go, and move forward. 

Check out the inspirational moving quotes below to motivate you to take that first step. 

And after you’re done, be sure to also check out our compilation of letting go quotes.

Moving Quotes about the power of change 

1. “Change is a great and horrible thing, and people love it or hate it at the same time. Without change, however, you just don’t move.” – Marc Jacobs

2. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

3. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”  Oprah Winfrey

4. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – Confucius

5. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

6. “Love change, fear staying the same.” – Maxime Lagacé

7. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

8. “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” – Billy Cox

9. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

10. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

11. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

12. “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.” – Andre Gide

13. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg

14. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” – Erich Fromm

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Quotes about moving and letting go of the past

15. “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard

16. “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

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

18. “Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things, it just means you have to accept what happened and continue living.” – Erza Scarlet

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

20. “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

21. “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

22. “To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.” – Jack Kornfield

23. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

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24. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

25. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” – Steve Maraboli

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Moving quotes to help you make progress

26. “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

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

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

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

30. “You can’t expect to move forward if your emergency brake is on.” – Angela Cecilia

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

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

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

34. “If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” – Amit Ray

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

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

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Quotes about moving on after getting hurt

37. “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.”– Shannon L. Alder

38. “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia

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

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

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

42. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” – Robert Brault

43. “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

44. “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

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

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

47. “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

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Quotes about moving away

48. “Painful though parting is, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds.” – Emperor Saga

49. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

50. “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” – Billy Idol

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51. “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

52. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

53. “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” – LL Cool J

54. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

55. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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56. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

57. “Life is about how much you can take and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward.” – Anderson Silva

58. “I think change is always a good thing. Change keeps things moving.” – Luke Mitchell

59. “There’s no time for regrets. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.” – Mike McCready

60. “To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Keep moving quotes to inspire change

61. “You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” ― Roy T. Bennett

62. “If you walked away from a toxic, negative, abusive, one-sided, dead-end low vibrational relationship or friendship — you won.” ― Lalah Delia

63. “There’s only one place I want to go and it’s to all the places I’ve never been.” ― Nikki rowe

64. “Because if you take a risk, you just might find what you’re looking for.” ― Susane Colasanti

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

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

67. “Don’t waste time thinking about them. If they walked away from your love, they don’t deserve your pain.” ― C.L. Brown

68. “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

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

70. “You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward” — Conrad Hall

Moving Quotes To Remember When You Have To Let Go.

71. “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

72. “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

73. “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

74. “Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll catch up.” – Mandy Hale

75. “Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” – Anne Sullivan

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

77. “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

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78. “We can not become what we need to by remaining what we are.” – Oprah Winfrey

79. “When you start to abandon your old beliefs or values – you may be stuck at the threshold for two or three years. Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.” – Dick Raymond

80. “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

Moving Quotes To Achieve Progress

81. “People think innovation is just having a good idea but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things.” ― Mark Zuckerberg

82. “One key to moving forward is knowing what to leave behind.” ― Seth Godin

83. “If you find something greater than yourself, to move you! Then you will make every single dream, become a reality!” ― Eric Thomas

84. “A master looks at every move he would like to make, especially the impossible ones.” ― Garry Kasparov

85. “I believe that we will move forward a little tomorrow but I have my doubts that we will achieve a result.” ― Angela Merkel

86. “You stay elite by constantly moving forward.” ― Bob Myers

87. “No matter how rough things can be at times, many Americans are optimistic and on the move.” ― Henry Rollins

88. “You’ve got to keep moving, keep creating.” ― Godfrey

89. “Try to bring me down, but you will never succeed because I’m always moving upward. Maybe not before, but now … I am.” ― Aaron Carter

90. “Improving your process won’t move you from good to great design.  It’ll move you from bad to average.” ― Fred Brooks

Moving Quotes To Let Go of Things We Can’t Change

91. “I try to get myself up and moving as early as possible. Optimum is to be on the treadmill while it is still dark outside.” — Henry Rollins

92. “Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.” — Ben Hecht

93. “I often feel intellectually frustrated when I’m in a position where I’m not moving forward; when I’m not enquiring about something.” — Eleanor Catton

94. “Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation.” — Nia Peeples

95. “It’s in the act of having to do things that you don’t want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.” — Bell Hooks

96. “Shake it off and move on.” — Tom Hanks

97. “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

98. “People don’t normally change when things are going well. But I want to see what’s next and keep moving. That keeps things fresh.” — Neil Young

99. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton

100. “If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward.” — John C. Maxwell

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Are you holding onto something you need to let go?

No matter what you are moving towards, the above quotes can motivate you to move on to life’s next adventure. 

Moving on doesn’t have to mean making a large change within your life.

Each small step you make is a progression towards a larger goal.

Making those small changes is often the motivation that a person needs to remain consistent. 

Moving on can be difficult, but it is necessary for growth.

We are all trying to move on from something.

Today, give yourself permission to take the first step towards moving forward.

Your future self will thank you. 

Did these powerful moving quotes inspire you to keep going?

Let us know your favorite in the comments section below. 

Nia Simone McLeod
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  1. Theresa Andrade

    September 19, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    I deserve better!

  2. Ken the V

    December 22, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    I can. I am. When I. Apply these things to every dream you have in life. And reach your goals through your thoughts…

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