101 Quotes About Letting People Go and Moving on in Life

Looking for quotes about letting things go? We have rounded up the best letting go quotes, sayings, proverbs (with images and pictures) by famous leaders, authors, teachers, and celebrities.

Letting go is never an easy task. Whether it’s an issue with a friend, your ego, your lover, family or even a job, it can be hard to let go of attachments when we don’t really want to. But it’s necessary if we want to move on and live a happy and fulfilling life.

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Letting go means to give closure to an emotion which has hurt you immensely over a period of time. Sometimes you want to get off the baggage, but you find resistance, sometimes this resistance is emotional, physical or psychological.

But once you decide that you need to get over it and move on, things and life become easy. Here is a list of Letting Go Quotes and sayings for all situations you face in life.

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Famous Letting Go Quotes and Sayings

  1. “Dare to live by letting go.” – Tom Althouse

  2. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”

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

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

  5. “Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go.”

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

  7. “You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on.”– Sue Fitzmaurice

  8. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

  9. “Change can be good but its always tough to let go of the past.” – Emily Giffin

  10. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”

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

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

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

  14. “If we let the storms pass and choose to reflect, we come out better than ever.”- Tim Ferriss

  15. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse

  16. “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.”

  17. “[D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be.” – Stephen Levine

  18. “We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.”

  19. “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” – Steve Maraboli

  20. “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” – Valery Satterwhite

  21. “Let go and go beyond living the dream, by dreaming the reality, into a reality beyond the dream.” – Tom Althouse

  22.  “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”

  23. “In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”- Deepak Chopra

  24. “Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again.” – Dawson’s Creek

  25. “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

  26. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

  27. “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.” – Tao Te Ching

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

  29. “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

  30. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” – Mandy Hale

  31. “You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.”– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

  33. “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

  34. “Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” – Germant Kent

  35. “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

  36. “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.”

  37. “To love and let go, love and let go, love, and let go… it’s the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.”– Rachel Brathen

  38. “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

  39. “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

  40. “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.”

  41. “If you want to fly in 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

  42. “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

  43. “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.”

  44. “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

  45. “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

  46. “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

  47. “The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.” – C. JoyBell C

  48. “Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.” – Jack Kornfield

  49. “…when you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is, you’re free.To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up.” – Richard Carlson

  50. “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

  51. “The sooner we heal our traumas, the sooner we liberate ourselves from the people who hurt us. By hating them, we hold onto them. We cannot heal.” – Vironika Tugaleva

  52. “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

  53. “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, Dreamland

  54. “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

  55. “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

  56. “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

  57. “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. It’s always a process of letting go, one way or the other.”– Charles Bukowski

  58. “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

  59. “Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it’s frozen shut.” – Gayle Forman

  60. “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.

  61. “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli

  62. “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 Breathnach

  63. “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

  64. “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

  65. “You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want, while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go… and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet.” – Steve Maraboli

10 Best Quotes About Letting Someone Go

  1. “Forgiveness means letting go of the past.”

  2. “Stop being a control freak and just let thing’s play out.”

  3. “Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward.” – Erika Taylor

  4. “I think every girl has that one guy she has trouble letting go of.”– Rashida Jones

  5. “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

  6. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” – Jessica Hatchigan

  7. “Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.”

  8. “I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but to move forward.” – Fridtjof Nansen
  9. “In letting go, letting be, there is peace, silence and clarity that arise from complete abandonment. Let life be.”- Mooji

  10. “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

 Letting Go of Your Past Quotes about Relationships

  1. “Pain will leave you, when you let go.”

  2. “Life moves on and so should we.”- Spencer Johnson

  3. “Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.”

  4. “Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.”– Justin Timberlake

  5. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”- Victor Kiam

  6. “Most things are best understood by letting go and observing from a distance.”

  7. “Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it.” – Ginni Rometty

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

  9. “Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.”- Lama Surya Das

  10. “Master your emotions, or they will serve other masters.”- The Stoic Emperor

  11. “Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”

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

  13. “A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath.”– Anthony Liccione

  14. “Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to.”- Mandy Hale

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

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

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

  18. “There are two ways to live a life either forget everything or, remember nothing.”- Santosh Kalwar

  19. “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.”- Ralph Marston

  20. “Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.”

  21. “We would do ourselves a tremendous favor by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.”- Steve Maraboli

  22. “Forgiveness is an act of letting go. To forgive is to begin to rid yourself of attachment to that which you cannot change.”

  23. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”- Kahlil Gibran

  24. “Perhaps maturity is letting go of the addiction to being understood, being accepted and getting what we want.”- Neil Strauss

  25. “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

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

  27. “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

  28. “Often, the best response is no response. Learn to ignore; you will be surprised how many of your problems suddenly disappear.”- The Ancient Sage

  29. “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

  30. “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.

  31. “Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply to learn how to trust and let go a little, releasing the old so that something new can come in or take place.”- Lama Surya Das

  32. “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

  33. “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

  34. “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

  35. “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.

Inspirational Quotes About Letting Go

  1. “Let go and just do your own work.”- Ajahn Chah

  2. “The willing are led by fate, the reluctant are dragged.”- Cleanthes

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

  4. “Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.”- Sonia Ricotti

  5. “The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  7. “We must learn to let things flow just like breath, and life will do the rest.”- Iyanla Vanzant

  8. “Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”- Lao Tzu

  9. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.”- Herman Hesse

  10. “For a moment, let go of all trying to understand. Let go of all understanding. Here it is.”- Mooji

  11. “Let go of becoming but never let go of taking action. Stop expecting and start living.”- Maxime Lagacé

  12. “Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.”-Epictetus

  13. “To resist change, to try to cling to life, is like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.”- Alan Watts

  14. “If you let go a little you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace.”- Ajahn Chah

  15. “In the end the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on, and gained by those who let go.”-Taoist proverb

  16. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”- Eckhart Tolle

  17. “Our difficulty is to let go, either the past or the future, because we are frightened.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti

  18. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”- E. M. Forster

  19. “The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”- Carl Jung

  20. “Letting go doesn’t mean you give up. It means you keep going but you’re not attached to the outcome.”- Maxime Lagacé

  21. “Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest. Let’s not waste any energy fighting things that are outside our control.”- Paulo Coelho

  22. “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

  23. “Letting go is never easy. There is not short-cut or trick to it. You must be committed enough to your future to let go of your past. It’s not easy and it’s likely to hurt, but it is for the best.”- Steve Maraboli

  24. “You deserve to rest. Even if only for a moment. Put down the weight you’re carrying. Let go of the need to keep it all together. Take off your warrior mask. For this moment, now … just breathe.”- Jason Garner

  25. “When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” –Catherine Ponder

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