80 Quotes about Moving on 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.

Quotes about moving on

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


“Life moves on and so should we”
Spencer Johnson

Quotes about moving on



“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

Quotes about moving on



“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

Quotes about moving on



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

Moving on quotes


“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

Moving on quotes


“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

Moving on quote about accepting yourself


“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

Keep going is all you can do in this world quote


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

Keeping baggage from the past quote


“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

Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care quote


“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

We must learn how to let go quote



“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

Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake quote


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

You can't look back quote


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

God sometimes removes a person from your life quote


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

Move on


“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

Know when to let go


“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.

If you want to let go


“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


“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

Letting go means


“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


“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


“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.


“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

You deserve a bright future


“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


“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

Lessons that last a lifetime


“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


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

I couldn't live without him


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


“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


“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

Part of letting it go


“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


“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

Have it all figured out


“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.


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

Struggle forward


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


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

God sometimes removes a person


“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


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

When the going gets tough


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


“To wander is to be alive.”
Roman Payne


“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


“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


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

I've been burdened with blame


“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


“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


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


“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


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

Time to turn the page


“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


“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


“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


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

Hanging on and letting go


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


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

I demolish my britches behind me


“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


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

Learning to start over


“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


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

The most difficult aspect of moving on


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


“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


“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


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


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

Learn how to let go


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


“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


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

Rehashing the past


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


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


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

Love yourself enough to let him go


“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


“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


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


“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


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


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

Memory looks back


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


“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


“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


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


“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


“Even a rock moves on.”
Anthony Liccione

Even a rock moves on

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

Stay victorious!


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  1. Leah Rose Rogers on

    I appreciate what this page offers so mucb. It made me feel so much better about my rrelationship and what its come to. More so, it helped me feel more confident about moving on than i expected. Much love and thanks to you guys for sharing these quotes.

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