120 Looking Back Quotes To Inspire You To Move Forward

Looking for inspirational quotes about looking back? We have rounded up a collection of inspirational looking back quotes, sayings, captions, proverbs, and status messages(with images and pictures) to encourage you to let go of your past and move forward to the future.

Looking back can sometimes be nostalgic and sometimes hurtful. It’s healthy to look back on the past – but you should never get stuck there or look back in anger or resentment.

By looking at your past memories you get to appreciate how your past has affected your present in positive ways.

Also Check: Don’t Look Back Quotes

While moving forward in life it is also important to reflect on your past. It helps you to learn how much have you grown in life. Your past is your best teacher and has shaped you into who you are today.

When you look back on life you may come across some bitter-sweet experiences in your past relationships, work, life, family, but you should just learn the lesson and remember life is all about moving on.

You may have regrets or pain related to your past, but the greater idea is to forgive others and also yourself for all the mistakes you or others did.

Also Check: Moving Forward Quotes

As quoted by Soren Kierkegaard, “You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward.”

If you like these famous look back and smile quotes then check our collection of going back in time and looking forward quotes to encourage you to gather the courage and willpower to overcome your setbacks and be motivated to keep moving ahead in life.

Best Looking Back Quotes

  1. “Don’t stumble over something behind you.” – Akash Gautam

  2. “Stop looking back when your future is ahead of you.” – Ricky Maye                                                             

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    quotes about looking back

  3. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.” ― Byrd Baggett                                                     

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    never look back quotes

  4. “In looking back, I see nothing to regret, and little to correct.” – John C. Calhoun

  5. “It is not possible to go forward while looking back.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  6. “Looking back gives you regrets. Looking ahead gives you opportunities.” – Unknown

  7. “I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it.” – Unknown

  8. “Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.” – Hillary Clinton                                                                                                                                                                   

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    quotes about look back

  9. “You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward.” – Soren Kierkegaard                                                                                                                                                         

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    looking back quotes

  10. “The only time you should look back in life, is to see how far you have come.” — Kevin Hart                                                                                                                                                                   

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    looking back quotes images

  11. “I’ve never particularly liked the idea of looking back; I’d rather look forward.” – Jane Asher

  12. “Leave the past where it belongs. Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t.” – Unknown

  13. “Don’t look back unless you can smile; don’t look ahead unless you can dream.” – Irish Saying

  14. “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

  15. “Look back at your life, It’s always the hardest times that made you who you are.” – Casey Neistat

  16. “Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing you have to do.” – McKayla Maroney

  17. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.” – Steve Jobs

  18. “Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don’t look back, you can never look back.” – Don Henley

  19. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault

  20. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” – George C. Marshall

  21. “STOP looking back!!!! When your past calls do NOT pick up!! it has nothing new to say.” – Joseph Simmons

  22. “Never look back. If Cinderella went to pick up her shoe, she would not had become a princess ….” ― Ehssan

  23. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.” ― C.S. Lewis

  24. “You know, I try not to look back, because looking forward is so much better than looking backward.” – Jim Bakker

  25. “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” – Brad Paisley

  26. “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” – Phillippians 3:13 (Bible Verse)

  27. “When I look back on my life, I see pain, mistakes and heartache. I see strength, learned lessons and pride in myself.” – Unknown

  28. “Once you make the decision to move on, don’t look back. Your destiny will never be found in the rear view mirror.” – Mandy Hale                                                                                                             

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    never look back quote

  29. “I regret nothing in my life even if my past was full of heart, I still look back and smile, because it made me who I am today.” – Unknown

  30. “Looking back we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings.” – Dan Millman

  31. “I’m an incurable optimist, and I’m a great believer in never looking back. Life is too short, and new challenges are exciting.” – Cherie Blair

  32. “I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward to it. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk.” – Gordon Ramsay

  33. “Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.” – Edna Ferber

  34. “There’s only one boss in your life . . . and that’s you! The person looking back in the mirror at you is the one you have to answer to every day.” – Wayne Dyer

  35. “Looking back through life you will find the pleasure of achieving your dreams is always greater than the pain you met while achieving them.” – Moffat Machingura

  36. “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good I was actually being re-directed to something better.” – Steve Maraboli

  37. “Never look back at your past, everything happens for a reason, keep your head up and look forward. The more you look back the more beautiful things you will miss in Life.” – Brandon Smith

  38. “The years go by. The time flies. Every single second is a moment in time that passes. And it seems like nothing – but when you’re looking back … well, it amounts to everything.” – Ray Bradbury

  39. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” – Steve Jobs

  40. “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Quotes About Looking Back On Memories

Time flies and it never stops. We all have spent many good moments, with amazing memories and many of us wish to stop the time or turn the clock back to the favorite time of our lives.

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There are moments in life when we want to re-live our childhood days, high school fun days and many more moments of love. There are also many mistakes and embarrassing moments, which we wish we could go back and change.

These looking back memories quotes and if you keep looking back quotes will get a smile on your face thinking about your past memories. Don’t forget to check our collection of moving on quotes and getting over it quotes to inspire you to get over your past experiences and relationship and move on.

  1. “The past beats inside me like a second heart.” ― John Banville

  2. “Looking at an old picture and wishing you could go back to that moment.” – Unknown

  3. “When you look back, the only things you can keep forever are the memories.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                                               

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    look back and smile quotes

  4. “It’s said to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories.” – Bonnie Blair

  5. “Sometimes you don’t realize how good the good old days were until they’re gone.” – Unknown

  6. “Looking back at my life’s voyage, I can only say that it has been a golden trip.” – Ginger Rogers

  7. “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ― L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

  8. “Sometimes I wish I could go back to my childhood and capture all those happy moments.” – Unknown

  9. “Strange, how the best moments of our lives we scarcely notice except in looking back.” – Joe Abercrombie

  10. “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” – Brigitte Bardot

  11. “Those sweet memories of my life spent with you are the best. They make me smile no matter what is going in my present life.” – Unknown

  12. “I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.” – Cat Stevens

  13. “When the most important times are occurring, we don’t even recognize them or notice. We are just busy living our lives. Only looking back do we know what was a great moment in our lives.” – Federico Fellini

  14. “Wisdom is looking back at your Life and realizing that every single event, person, place and idea was part of the perfected experience you needed to build your dream. Not one was a mistake.” – John Federick Demartini

  15. “Looking back across the years, so many pictures flash on the screen of my memory that just as I begin to see one clearly, another slides in, blotting out the first, itself to be pushed aside by the next and the next and the next.” – Conrad Veidt

Looking Back On Life Quotes

People often say, never look back at the things that happened in the past, or to never look back at the past. People suggest you to keep moving forward as life takes you. These insightful quotes by famous individuals will help you introspect your past and help you realize the importance of keeping on moving ahead in life.

These stop looking back quotes and no looking back quotes will inspire you to not look back and will frive you forward in life. Also, check our posts on letting go quotes and unforgettable memories quotes to get a flashback of all the sweet memories and moments spent with family and friends.

  1. “Never look back. Nothing ever changes there.” – Steffi Graf                                                                               

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    looking back sayings

  2. “Never look back to the things which broke you once.” – Unknown

  3. “You can’t look back, you have to keep looking forward.” – Lucy Liu

  4. “Do not look backwards if your goal is to move forward.” – Germany Kent                                                   

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    dont look back quotes

  5. “Too much looking backwards is bad for progress.” – Henry Ward Beecher

  6. “Looking back, I wince at the careless way I tossed out my opinions.” – Luke Ford

  7. “Cut ties from all toxic people in your life. Love yourself and don’t look back.” – Unknown

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

  9. “I’m going to look forward to the future as opposed to looking back at the past.” – Finn Balor

  10. “We don’t want to get distracted by looking back, we need to move forward.” – Valerie Jarrett

  11. “My happiest moment is the day they call wrap and I’m free. I’m not looking back.” – Brad Pitt

  12. “Avoid the trap of looking back unless it is to glorify God for what He has done.” – T. B. Joshua

  13. “Looking back, my life seems like one long obstacle race, with me as the chief obstacle.” – Jack Paar

  14. “Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back.” – Paul Harvey

  15. “Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” – Ray Stannard Baker

  16. “Seems like the only one who doesn’t see your beauty is the face in the mirror looking back at you.” – Taylor Swift

  17. “Sometimes, you’ve just gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.” – Rebecca Ann Totten

  18. “Stop looking back. There is nothing there. Your healing, blessings ad miracles are ahead of you, not behind you.” – Unknown

  19. “Whatever we have done, we can always make amends for it without ever looking back in guilt or sorrow.” – Eknath Easwaran

  20. “They say not to look back, but if you’re not sure what lies ahead, what else is there but looking back?” – Laurell K. Hamilton

  21. “Looking back, we were the luckiest people in the world. There was no choice but to be pioneers, no time to be beginners.” – Margaret Hamilton

  22. “We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.” – H.G. Wells

  23. “Looking back, the biggest mistake I made was feeling ashamed of it. Acne is a part of Life. You don’t need to be embarrassed of it.” – Cameron Dallas

  24. “My Life is like driving down a road. I occasionally glance in the rearview mirror, but I’m not focused on the past or looking back anymore.” – Scott Hall

  25. “No excuses and no sob stories. Life is full of excuses if you’re looking. I have no time to gripe over misfortune. I don’t waste time looking back.” – Junior Seau

  26. “Missing someone is like hearing a name sung quietly from somewhere behind you. Even after you know no one is there, you keep looking back.” – Tim Seibles

  27. “For me, I find that even though I’ve accomplished a few things in my life, looking back on accomplishments doesn’t give me a sense of satisfaction.” – Alan Alda

  28. “Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your Life- and it was you. It is not too late to find that person again.” – Robert Breault

  29. “There was a time when I thought I was doing a good thing with good guys for a good cause. Looking back, I think I really wanted to be a warrior.” – Steven Seagal

  30. “Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.” – Paul Berg

  31. “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.” – George Washington

  32. “That’s the funny thing about time. It is only in looking back that it’s easy to connect the dots. To see exactly why everything needed to happen the way that it did.” – Rebecca Serle

  33. “For me, growing up felt like a roller coaster ride at times, but looking back, I don’t think that it was such a bad thing. It was all part of the excitement of being young.” – Jameela Jamil

  34. “Hopefully, through all aspects of life, you learn from things you’ve got right, things you’ve got wrong, but I’m not one for looking back. I’m looking ahead; you’ve got to.” – Nigel Farage

  35. “I’ve had the good fortune of having a long and varied career. Looking back, some might think things have been plain sailing but, as with anything, there have been both highs and lows.” – Vera Lyn

  36. “I don’t know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.” – Jodi Picoult, ‘Handle With Care’

  37. “Sometimes, of all the people in the world, the one who is the hardest to forgive – as well as perhaps the one who is most in need of our forgiveness is the person looking back at us in the mirror.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  38. “Looking back, I think we were all quite mature, surprisingly responsible. In earlier wars, boys of our age had just gone off to raise hell or enlist or both, but we stayed dutifully at our desks doing tomorrow’s homework.” – John Knowles

  39. “If I had done this, if I had said that, in the end, you are always more tormented by what you didn’t do than what you did, actions already performed can always be rationalized in time, the neglected deed might have changed the world.” – Damon Galgut

  40. “Looking back on high school, I just remember specific scenarios and thinking, wow, that was such a big deal at the time, but right now it feels like it never even happened. So I guess if I can give any advice, I would just say that everything will pass, and it’ll feel like it was a big deal over nothing.” – Nina Dobrev

Short Looking Back Captions For Instagram

Time runs out very quickly. Don’t waste too much of time dwelling on the past. Instead, enjoy living the present moment and make as much as happy memories in life.

Live life to the fullest so that when you reflect about your past in the future, you will just have pleasant things to remember about.

These short looking back captions for Instagram and don’t waste time looking back quotes will inspire you to never look back.

Don’t forget to check our collection of time flies quotes  and nostalgia quotes to inspire you to be in sync with the present as well as remember your childhood times fondly.

  1. “Keep walking and never look back.” – Unknown

  2. “Look up, always. Look back, never.” – Karen Quan

  3. “Look back, and smile on perils past.” – Walter Scott

  4. “I tend to not look back. It’s confusing.” – Walter Hill

  5. “Always look ahead, but never look back.” – Miles Davis                                                                         

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    Looking back captions short

  6. “I don’t ever look back. I look forward to it.” – Steffi Graf

  7. “Don’t look back unless it’s a good view.” – Tupac Shakur

  8. “You can’t move forward until you look back.” – Cornel West

  9. “Don’t look back! For a bright future is ahead of you.” – Joel Brown

  10. “Doors are opening. There’s no reason to turn back.” – Mandy Hale                                                         

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    looking back quote

  11. “It’s ok to look back at the past. Just don’t stare.” – Benjamin Dover

  12. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” – Walt Disney

  13. “She promised herself better and she never looked back.” – Unknown

  14. “The hardest part of moving forward is not looking back.” – Unknown

  15. “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Satchel Paige

  16. “Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.” – Rudyard Kipling

  17. “Don’t look back and ask, Why? Look ahead and ask, Why not?” – Neil Patel

  18. “Sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is to never look back.” – Sushil Jain

  19. “Start wide, expand further, and never look back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

  20. “Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!” – Swami Vivekananda

  21. “She’s got everything she needs; she’s an artist, she don’t look back.” – Bob Dylan

  22. “Someday you will look back and know exactly why it had to happen.” – Unknown

  23. “But there’s no point in looking back and saying I was unlucky.” – Jamie Redknapp

  24. “Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” – Robert H. Schuller

  25. “Don’t waste time on looking back on memories that hurt you.” – Owankwo Sylvester Udokanma


Look at your past but don’t cling onto it. Leave behind the bad memories and be happy about the good ones.

Live in the present and move forward by leaving behind the past. This will help you to grow in life.

These stop looking back quotes will give you the motivation to enjoy every little thing that you do in life because one day you might look back and understand that those were the big things in your life.

If you like these meaningful no point looking back quotes from various books and movies then check out our collection of Carpe diem quotes and life is short quotes to inspire you to live each day as it comes and enjoy.

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