51 Inspiring Quotes about Moving On

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Moving on is not that easy but it is part of life that we must face. Most of us have experienced painful and unpleasant memories we don’t want to dredge up once more. Hanging on to those memories can destroy life in so many ways. It’s hard to let go but you have to because there are certain things that you have to leave behind in order to start again. It is not always holding on that makes us stronger but rather, it is the essence of letting go.

I’d like to share these 50 inspiring quotes about moving on that will help you move forward with life no matter what. 

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

2. “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

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

4. “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

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

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

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

10. “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

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

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

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

14. “Pain will leave you, when you let go.”—Jeremy Aldana

15. “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

16. “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

17. “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

18. “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

19. “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

20. “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

21. “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

22. “Change can be good but its always tough to let go of the past” —Emily Giffi

23. “The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” —Rebecca Solnit

24. “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

25. “Sometimes the door closes on a relationship, not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life. So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the new door that’s opened. It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were, it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay.” —Lee Goff

26. “No matter how bad you want a person, if your hearts are in two different places, you’ll have to pass and move on.”—Alexandra Elle

27. “The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.”—Baltasar Gracián

28. “If you only knew how to respect my heart, I wouldn’t have found a reason to let you go.” —Jourdane Erasquin

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

30. “Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you’ve had significant relationships with. Understand when someone no longer positively affects your life. Let them go. Don’t hinder your growth” —Unknown

31. “If love becomes too painful, then it’s time to let that love go and save yourself. You have to keep this in mind because you’ll be able to find another love but not another self.” —Robert Tew

32. “If someone doesn’t care to accept you, respect you, believe in you, don’t hesitate to move on and let them go. There are many who love and appreciate you just the way you are.” —Amaka Imani Nkosazana

33. “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

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

35. “There’s no point in arguing and loving someone who doesn’t want to be with you and doesn’t want to keep you in his life.. the real person will try harder to reach out and work for the best and what’s supposed to be done to their relationship.. but things are not so good this time, it’s time to try letting go.” —Ressha

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

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

38. “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

39. 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

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

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

42. “Sometimes you have to let things go. Sometimes you have to stop caring for a minute.” —Trina Etmanskie

43. “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

44. “The moment after being let go, when we can finally let it go, is the moment when love once again has hope.”—Brian MacLearn

45. “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

46. “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

47. “Even as I hold you, I am letting you go.” —Alice Walker

48. “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them.” —Mandy Hale

49. “She let him go once. Every day demands that she release him over and over again.” —Julianna Baggott

50. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” —Octavia Butler

51. “The bottom line is this; when one person stops being a part of your life, another one will come, and fill that empty space. Leave the ones who left in the past, right where they belong, and never look back.” —Ena Snow

I hope you enjoyed reading these thought-provoking and inspiring quotes. Life is all about continuous change. Thus, no matter how hard you try to keep things as they are, sooner or later it will still change. You have to accept reality.

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Marydel Mitch Flores
Mitch is a writer and photographer. She also does screenwriting for independent film producers and joins various film competitions. Mitch believes that “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

1 thought on “51 Inspiring Quotes about Moving On”

  1. Hello Mitch,
    Thanks for your beautiful idea about moving quotes. An awesome collection of moving quotes from an expert. In #48, that reflects on my heart more.


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