No matter how much we suffer or how much we were hurt, we always have troubles letting go of harmful or unhealthy things, relationships, places, and people. That is the burden of our feelings and the deeper we feel, the harder it is to let go. Sometimes the solution is to simply move forward, without looking back.
Check out these quotes to get new insights into the art of letting go and moving forward.
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
To move forward to better and greater things, you need to accept that all the mistakes of the past should remain in the past. We should not carry the blame for things that were out of our control. In forgiveness, we can find the hope of a beautiful future.
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
If you’re looking for an easy ride to a better, more fulfilling life, you must give up the heavy burden of the past that slows you down. By letting go, you gain a sweet lightness that will take you to new chances and opportunities.
Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over. – Nicole Sobon
Letting go can be easy, but the real challenge is knowing what to do when all ties are cut and there is an urgent need to find a new path. To start over from scratch can be daunting, but sometimes it is the only salvation.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. – Thomas Stephen Szasz
To let go of the past means to gain the wisdom of forgiveness. When you are able to forgive, you can move on easily. Forgive, but keep in mind there are lessons you must always remember to not repeat the same mistakes.
Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. – Stephen Chbosky
Life can change in the blink of an eye, leaving us without support in a world of chaos and loneliness. Friends and lovers can abandon us, we may lose things we love, but the most important is to accept change as unavoidable and move forward.
Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you. – Shannon L. Alder
Whenever we get hurt, sad or angry because someone wronged us, we should open our hearts to forgiveness. We can forget the pain or the anger, but we should never forget the lessons that will help us manage similar situations in the future.
In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. – Deepak Chopra
Letting go is not easy because it means to willingly leave behind things that were important for us. It is a loss that hides behind incompatibilities. We lose things from the past, but by doing so, we make room for new things.
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
We all want to get a new chance in life, but this does not come from outside. We must give ourselves the chance of a fresh start. By turning our backs to the past and following without hesitation the call of our hearts, we can carve a different future.
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
We often cannot let go because we fail to realize that there are alternatives. There are opportunities that trump any loss, only if we pay attention to them. Unfortunately, instead of looking around for a better path, we succumb to regrets.
Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. – Oprah Winfrey
The past and the future trouble us continuously. In our struggle between the pull of the past and the anxiety of the unknown future, we forget sometimes that the only moment we can truly savor is now and here. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things. – Theodore Roosevelt
Moving forward when the past holds you back is a true fight. It takes courage, effort, and motivation. It is vital to believe in yourself and have faith that better things are possible and attainable. With each step, the pain resides and the faith grows.
I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward. – Fridtjof Nansen
The most radical way to move forward is to demolish all the bridges that connect you to the past. To burn bridges is almost as a ritual of purification that makes you feel free, powerful and ready for a new type of life.
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
There is often an inadequacy between our expectations and the offers of real life. We have dreams, we make plans and establish goals, yet life surprises us with things that surpass our imagination. It is not wrong to let go of dreams and goals and welcome the unexpected gifts. Sometimes, there is no choice.
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
We cannot let go because we refuse to accept failure. We act as though our actions could be reversed, but it is not always the case. Sometimes, the only possibility is to accept the past as it is and let it go. Even if the future is not certain, we have to move with faith towards it.
The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did. – Faraaz Kazi
Sometimes moving on it’s very natural and easy. What is indeed painful is to see that someone else moved on from us. There is a sense of abandonment that takes over us in such moments and the pain is terrible.
Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go. – Unknown
A life of no regrets is a life where we are sure of all our decisions and always act with confidence. When we decide to let go, we never look back, and when we decide to hold on, we hold on tight. There is no middle ground when it comes to the big decisions of life.
Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it. – Anthony Robbins
Whenever you feel unable to move forward you may need to reconsider your priorities. Your priority is not the problem, but its solutions and here it’s where you must focus all your strength. Get over the things that hold you back and run towards the land of freedom and success.
Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. – Anais Nin
Letting go is painful, but not all pain is equal. There are things which may hurt us if we let go of them, but we may discover that in the long-term, letting go was the best thing to do. Don’t let go of beautiful and marvelous things, but the rest is optional.
Pain will leave you when you let go. – Jeremy Aldana
The obstinacy to never let go of things that were once important in our lives causes us a lot of pain. It keeps us in a zone where no growth is possible. The paradox is that as long as you don’t let go, the pain will stick around.
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
We cling to expectations, false impressions, and illusions about ourselves and the world that we fail to understand who we really are and what we want. It is tough to let go of our beliefs and opinions, but only by doing so we discover the simple truth.
Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it. – Justin Timberlake
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 its 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
By fretting over the mistakes and failures of the past, we deny to ourselves the possibility to find love and hope again. The past does not decide the future, as long as we take control over our lives and decide to try again and again.
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
The world offers us an infinity of wonderful possibilities to grow, love, and explore. However, if we cling to the past and to our fabricated ideas about success and happiness, we don’t get to enjoy the amazing chances that the future holds for us.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. –Hermann Hesse
It is hard to define what is strength exactly. Some say it is the ability to hold on, while others say it is the ability to let go. The truth is that both are challenging, depending on the situation. However, letting go requires for sure a lot of mental and emotional strength.
Change has to come for life to struggle forward. –Helen Hollick
Some of us hate change undeservingly. Life would be dull without constant change or without things that challenge our habits and beliefs. Change forces us to let go of things that are no longer useful and to focus on the things that help us move forward.
There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. – Jessica Hatchigan
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
If you want to succeed, the only thing you have to do is to make sure to move forward. When you move forward, success comes to you. It seems incredible but when you walk your path with confidence, you create opportunities for yourself.
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
We always tend to focus on mistakes, letting them torment us much longer than it is healthy. Don’t use your energy to maintain ties that are no longer good for you, but use it instead to focus on solutions and changes that can take you closer to the life you want.
Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past. – Dan Brown
No matter for how long we hold on to the past, there comes a time when letting go becomes a duty. Living in the past is unhealthy and unproductive, and if we want to achieve things that can make us happy, we need to rebuild ourselves from time to time.
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
The future is attractive because our curiosity and our desire to have new experiences force us to move forward and choose tougher but more satisfying paths. We like novelty and excitement and the past has already exhausted all its possibilities. The only thing to do is to move forward.
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
We like to convince ourselves that every person in our lives is special. However, not all people are meant to stay with us forever. Some only accompany us for a while before they find their own path. Letting go does not have to be dramatic. It’s a natural goodbye in some cases.