250+ Best Quotes About Letting Go Of The Past

Best Quotes About Letting Go Of The Past

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Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes, we may feel that life’s unfair, which can be true when someone dear to us betrays us or leaves us. Losing hope and wallowing in self-pity can only make things miserable.

Here are a few letting go and moving on quotes to help you stay motivated and start your life afresh.

251 Letting Go And Moving On Quotes

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  1. “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
  2. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” ―Erich Fromm
  3. “The story goes on without you..” ―Anonymous
  4. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ―Oprah Winfrey
  5. “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
  6. “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
  7. “Being alone may scare you, but being in a bad relationship will damage you.” ―Anonymous
  8. “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
  9. “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.” ―Anonymous
  10. “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” ―Nicole Sobon
  11. “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” ―Theodore Roosevelt
  12. “It’s hard to move on, but once you move on, you’ll realize that it was the best decision you’ve ever made.” ―Anonymous
  13. “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” ―Thomas Stephen Szasz
  14. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.” ―Seneca
  15. “You can never move forward if you keep dipping into the past.” ―Anonymous
  16. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” ―Stephen Chbosky
  17. “Your past does not equal your future.” ―Tony Robbins
  18. “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  19. “It’s not a matter of letting go – you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go” we should probably say “Let it be.” ―Jon Kabat-Zinn
  20. “In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” ―Deepak Chopra
  21. “Forget the past, just look at the watch and imitate it.” ―Maduwa Thabo
  22. “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
  23. “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

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  1. “It’s time to let go when they stop looking at you and seeing you, and you just know they have stopped caring.” ―Anonymous
  2. “I welcomed who I was and left behind who I was not.” ―David Elliott
  3. “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  4. Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. ―Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward. ―Fridtjof Nansen
  6. “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 Beatti
  7. “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
  8. “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
  9. Sometimes, you have to accept that certain things will never go back to how they used to be. ―Anonymous
  10. Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. ―Wayne Dyer
  11. “Even a rock moves on.” ―Anthony Liccione
  12. The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did. ―Faraaz Kazi
  13. “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.” ―Lao Tzu
  14. “Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.” ―Anonymous
  15. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” ―Rumi
  16. “Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it.” ―Tony Robbins
  17. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months overanalyzing 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
  18. “Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.” ―Anaïs Nin

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  1. “Pain will leave you when you let go.” ―Jeremy Aldana
  2. “It’s so hard to go back to a place that’s filled with heart-breaking memories and people you never wanted to let go of.” ―Anonymous
  3. “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.” ―Anonymous
  4. ”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
  5. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ―Lao Tzu
  6. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. ―Anonymous
  7. “You have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.” ―Candace Bushnell
  8. “Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.” ―Justin Timberlake
  9. “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.
  10. “After every disappointment and failure, we need to dedicate some time for healing our wounds, but the worst we can do is lingering under the grip of regrets. Take time to shed tears but know when it’s time to move forward. 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
  11. “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
  12. “Sometimes it’s better to move on than to hold on to a person who doesn’t understand you. Sometimes your absence will teach what your presence cannot.” ―Anonymous
  13. “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
  14. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” ―Hermann Hesse
  15. “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
  16. “You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life be.” ―Kody Keplinger
  17. “Change has to come for life to struggle forward.” ―Helen Hollick

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  1. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” ―Jessica Hatchigan
  2. “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
  3. “One of the most difficult situations is deciding whether you should just move on or hold on a little tighter.” ―Anonymous
  4. “Some people confuse giving up and letting go. Usually, cowards who don’t want to look for solutions anymore are those who give up, while people who let go are those who tested all solutions before accepting to move on. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” ―Henry Ford
  5. One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of all the things that make you sad. ―Anonymous
  6. “Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.” ―Gail Tsukiyama
  7. “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
  8. “Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.” ―Anonymous
  9. “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
  10. “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” ―Dan Brown
  11. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”―Guy Finley
  12. “You can’t start living the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” ―Anonymous
  13. “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
  14. “Our past is a good place to visit, but definitely not a good place to live in.” ―Anonymous
  15. “Just remember you were without them. Who says you still can’t be?” ―Unknown
  16. “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
  17. “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.” ―Fridtjof Nansen
  18. “Forgive, forget, and move on.” ―Anonymous
  19. “Let go of everything in life that is pulling you down; pick up the things that will build you back up. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are, because through it all, no one knows better than you do.” ―Anonymous
  20. “The hardest thing in life is letting go of what you thought was real.” ―Anonymous
  21. “It’s time to forget about the past, To wash away what happened last.” ―Anonymous
  22. “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
  23. “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.” ―Tony Robbins
  24. There’s nothing left for you in that space, so let go and move on. ―Anonymous
  25. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ―Raymond Lindquist
  26. “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.” ―Steve Maraboli
  27. “I can enjoy anywhere, and I can leave it. Life is about moving on.” ―Waris Dirie
  28. “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
  29. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ―Robert Frost

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  1. “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
  2. The way to let go is to embrace the memories and then turn to the future at the same time. ―Anonymous
  3. “If somebody hurts you, it’s okay to cry a river, just remember to build a bridge and get over it.” ―Taylor Swift
  4. “Never be sad for what is over, just be glad that it was once yours.” ―Anonymous
  5. “Letting go of your ego opens the door to taking a new and creative course of action.” ―Suzanne Mayo Frindt
  6. “You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.” ―Louise Smith
  7. “I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve but when I’m done, I’m done.” ―Turcois Ominek
  8. “Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival.” ―Osho
  9. “Forget your past, forgive yourself, and begin again.” ―Anonymous
  10. ”People think it is holding on that makes you stronger, but sometimes it’s letting go.” ―Unknown
  11. “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert
  12. “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
  13. “To taste the sweetness of life, you must have the power to forget the past.” ―Anonymous
  14. “Rehashing the past wouldn’t change anything. Time to move forward.” ―Zena Wynn
  15. “Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.” ―Katerina Stoykova Klemer
  16. .The past is all that has kept you tied to unfulfilled promises and desires, so you might need to find new desires for the old ones to fade. ―Anonymous

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  1. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” ―J. K. Rowling
  2. “Sometimes you just need to put the past away and move on with your life.” ―Anonymous
  3. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ―Wayne Dyer
  4. “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ―Steve Maraboli
  5. “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” vBob Newhart
  6. “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
  7.  “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” ―Daphne Rose Kingma
  8. “Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering.” ―Hal Tipper
  9. “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” ―Terry Pratchett
  10. “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
  11. “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” ―Dan Brown
  12. “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
  13. “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” ―Haruki Murakami
  14. “Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.” ―Bryant McGill
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ―Havelock Ellis
  18. “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
  19. “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.” ―Ralph Marston
  20. “When we go back in to 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

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  1. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” ―Jessica Hatchigan
  2. “You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.” ―Sarah Ban Breathnach
  3. “Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it.” ―Tony Robbins
  4. “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
  5. “You loved him enough to let him leave… Now you need to love yourself enough to let him go.” ―Ranata Suzuki
  6. “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.
  7. “Letting go of someone we love is the hardest thing we will ever do. Some people never surrender to love for the fear of being hurt. But to not have loved, to not have felt the immense joy it brings, would have been a far worse kind of death.” ―Goldie Hawn
  8. “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
  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. “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
  11. “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.” ―Sarah Ban Breathnach
  12. “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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  1. “Life moves on and so should we.” ―Spencer Johnson
  2. “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
  3. “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” ―Jackson Kiddard
  4. For everything that has a beginning, there’s always an ending. So, when you see the finish line, don’t hold on stubbornly. Simply let go. ―Anonymous
  5. “The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.” ―Baltasar Gracián
  6. “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
  7. “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” ―Jan Glidewell
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye.” –Beyonce Knowles
  11. “It’s good to fight to keep them around because of the time and the love you shared, but there’s a lot more loving in letting people go.” –Anonymous
  12. “Don’t linger when you need to run.” vAnonymous
  13. “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
  14. “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ―Jeffrey McDaniel
  15. “Letting go is the last stage of the heartbreak, and at this stage, it stops being so tough to watch all the times you shared fading into the past.” ―Anonymous
  16. “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living fucking worthwhile.” ―Mia Asher
  17. “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” ―Terry Pratchett
  18. “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
  19. “Even on my weakest days I get a little bit stronger.” ―Sara Evans
  20. “The best way to know how strong you have become after losing the best thing in your life is to see how well you are letting go of all the hurt and the pain.”  vAnonymous
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “There’s always a time to be strong and to make every move to patch things up, but there’s also a time when you realize that the best way to love them is by letting them go.” ―Anonymous
  25. “When you leave, weary of me, without a word I shall gently let you go.” ― Kim Sowol
  26. “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
  27. “Living in fear would keep you stuck, thinking the past could have been better and blinding you to the beautiful future ahead of you.” ―Anonymous
  28. “The days grow long when love becomes a thing of the past and the person you once professed so much love for becomes a stranger. Still you must let them go and fix yourself.” ―Anonymous
  29. “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.” ―Anonymous
  30. “It’s tough to let go and move on from bad relationships, but so is every other good thing in life.” ―Anonymous
  31. “I think that you never fall out of love with somebody, you just let go and move on.” —Ashley Rickards

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  1. “You have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.” ―Candace Bushnell
  2. “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. “Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.” ―Anonymous
  4. “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
  5. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ―Raymond Lindquist
  6. “Change has to come for life to struggle forward.” ―Helen Hollick
  7. “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.” ―Jojo Moyes
  8. “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
  9. “Dreams are the first to fade, as you begin to let go of everything you shared. They will become a memory of a future you wished you had but there’s a new future lying just ahead.” ―Anonymous

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  1. “Don’t go through life; grow through life.” ―Eric Butterworth
  2. “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
  3. “Sometimes you hold on to what’s left, Sometimes you let go to start afresh.” ―Sanhita Baruah
  4. “Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” ―Germany Kent
  5. “There is absolutely no beauty in holding onto something that you’re supposed to let go of.” ―Sai Pradeep
  6. “Life is like a river, if you cannot let go of the past, it will drag you down the stream.” ―Amit Ray
  7. Yes, I’ve changed. Pain does that to people. ―Anonymous
  8. “The greatest win is walking away and choosing not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all.” ―Lalah Delia
  9. “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
  10. “Life will never change we should select new things and move on.” –Chetan Bhagat
  11. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” ― Drew Gerald
  12. “God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don’t run after them.” ―Anonymous
  13. “You can’t hold on to the past and expect to grow as a human being.” ―Marty Rubin
  14. “Sometimes the only way to get a grip is by learning to let go.” ―Curtis Tyrone Jones
  15. “A mistake is only a mistake if you dwell on it. Let go and forgive.” ―Akiroq Brost
  16. “Pardon the hurt others have caused you. What they did is past. What is bothering today are your current feelings that comes from this load. Let it go.” ―Chetan Bhagat
  17. Some things are just never meant to be, no matter how much we wish they were. ―Anonymous
  18. “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
  19. “You don’t have to let go of who you were because the love ended; you simply have to let go of who you were not because the future just opened up to unlimited possibilities.” ―Anonymous
  20. “The beginning of your healing comes when you let out all the bitterness and pain, when you choose your peace over everything else and let them go.” ―Anonymous
  21. “It’s like stepping out of the boat into the water with no floats. You suddenly feel all sorts of new feelings and notice new desire when you choose to let go of the past.” ―Anonymous
  22. 207.“There’s no work in living in pain and regrets which you inflict on yourself. The real work is in choosing to move on, to say goodbye to the memories and letting go.” ―Anonymous
  23. “So I placed my heart under lock and key To take some time, and take care of me But I turn around and you’re standing here.” ―Deborah Cox
  24. “I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ―Jeffrey McDaniel
  25. “Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” ―Turcois Ominek
  26. “Refuse to be distracted by the past when the future calls for your presence. It’s time to wake up into the new person and let go of the old.” ―Anonymous
  27. “Ignite yourself, remain in motion, and refuse to stay static or locked down in the past. Letting go always fuels motion and progress.” ―Anonymous
  28. “Your greatest enemy at this point would be your fantasies about ideal circumstances, when you think there’s some happily ever after coming and refuse to let go.” ―Anonymous
  29. “The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” ―Rebecca Solnit
  30. “While love was perfect, it felt like an unending blend of hearts and affection but then it ends and suddenly demands that you let go of everything that made you feel beautiful.” ―Anonymous
  31. You can learn every language and read every word ever written – but you’ll never find what’s in your heart. How can you? He has it.” ―Ranata Suzuki
  32. “It’s time, Perry”. He let her go. She took a step back, taking in his face one last time. His green eyes. The bend in his nose and the scars on his cheek. All the tiny inperfections that made him beautiful. Without a word, she turned and made her way downhill.” ―Veronica Rossi
  33. “Not forever does the bulbul sing In balmy shades of bowers, Not forever lasts the spring Nor ever blossom the flowers. Not forever reigneth joy, Sets the sun on days of bliss, Friendships not forever last, They know not life, who know not this.” ―Khushwant Singh
  34. “I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on.” ―Rascal Flatts
  35. “[D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. (95)” ―Stephen Levine
  36. “The attachment you feel to the past is perfectly normal. History is a powerful force that creates bonds that are not easily broken, but times change and letting go is just a part of being human.” ―Anonymous
  37. “She’s not going to let go until she sees for herself that there’s nothing left to hold on to.” ―Susane Colasanti
  38. “No book can ever be finished. While working on it we learn just enough to find it immature the moment we turn away from it.” ―Karl Popper
  39. “Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go.” ―Anonymous
  40. “Look around you at the people you spend the most time with and realize that your life can’t rise any higher than your friendships.” ―Mandy Hale
  41. “I don’t need to be any place else, because the music takes me to the only place I want to be right now. To the place where I am and have always been wholly me, the only church I’ve ever belonged to, the only place I’ve ever prayed.” ―Daisy Whitney
  42. “I take my hand back, like a leaf letting go. It hurts too much to hang on. So why does it hurt so much to let go?” ―Emily Murdoch
  43. “You should get out of here. Have a good life.” ―Bree Despain
  44. “All that sadness. All that anger. It is the smoke that gets into your eyes. If you do not blow it away, how can you hope to see?” ―Anthony Horowitz
  45. “Your body will forget, but your mind often doesn’t.” ―Winna Efendi
  46. “Learning isn’t acquiring knowledge so much as it is trimming information that has already been acquired.” ―Criss Jami
  47. “You had a routine until they stopped loving you and now you feel like a foreigner in your own life.” ―Anonymous
  48. “It’s me. I chose this. I chose all of this — this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. I’ve been moving towards it my whole life.” ―Aron Ralston
  49. “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” ―Valery Satterwhite
  50. “‎All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ―Henry Havelock Ellis
  51. “This pain will remain until you finally allow yourself to let them go.” ―Anonymous
  52. “The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” ―Gerald G. Jampolsky
  53. “It is mental slavery to cling to things that have stopped serving it’s purpose in your life.” ―Chinonye J. Chidolue
  54. “Well, I just get as close as I can to a happy ending, then I shut the door behind me and move on.” ―James Goss
  55. “You’ve got to know when to let a woman go if you want to keep her, and if you don’t want to keep her you let her go anyhow so it’s always a process of letting go, one way or the other. ” ―Charles Bukowski
  56. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” ―Drew Gerald
  57. “The key in letting go is practice. Each time we let go, we disentangle ourselves from our expectations and begin to experience things as they are.” ―Sharon Salzberg
  58. “We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom He has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.” ―Elisabeth Elliot
  59. “Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” ―Germany Kent
  60. “You can’t selectively numb your anger, any more than you can turn off all lights in a room, and still expect to see the light.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  61. “Life is just a slide. Back and forth between loving and leaving, remembering and forgetting, holding on and letting go.” ―Nicole Lyons
  62. “Sometimes letting go is braver than holding on until you break.” ―Rebekah Crane
  63. “The most beautiful form of mastery is the art of letting go.” ―Claudia Gray
  64. “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
  65. “Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” ―Carrie Underwood
  66. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ―Albert Einstein

Letting go of someone you love is never easy, but sometimes, it the only option you have. We hope these quotes written by people from all walks of life resonate with you, help you heal your broken heart, and move on with new hopes for the future.