99 Letting Go Quotes: Get Inspiration to Move On Easily

It is hard to accept that something or someone we once held so close can no longer be in our lives. But the truth is, sometimes we need to learn to let go in order for our own peace of mind. As hard as it may be, the only way to move forward is to embrace the change and accept that some things cannot be held on to forever.

Letting Go can be hard but with little motivation and courage, you can do it.

Letting go is not about giving up, it is about acceptance of reality, a willingness to move forward from where you are, and an openness to embracing a new life. Just as trees show us how beautiful it is to let dead things go.

Inspirational Letting Go Quotes

When we tighten our grip over something, we attempt to control the outcome and get stuck on"how things should be", rather than accepting reality.

Letting go allows us to loosen the grip which opens us up to exploring all available possibilities. From where you can flow with life, welcoming what shows up and taking action where it feels right.

The following inspirational quotes will give you perspective and will help you move on.

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"Don’t go through life; grow through life."

Eric Butterworth

"There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go."

Jessica Hatchigan

"The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realise that the situation is over, you cannot move forward."

Steve Maraboli

"Sometimes you hold on to what’s left; Sometimes you let go to start afresh."

Sanhita Baruah

"Sometimes the only way to get a grip is by learning to let go."

Curtis Tyrone Jones

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."

Raymond Lindquist

"You can’t hold on to the past and expect to grow as a human being."

Marty Rubin

"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

"Let the things of long ago drift away on the water."

Alan Brennert

"You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go."

Drew Gerald

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."

Henry Havelock Ellis

"I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go."

Jeffrey McDaniel

"The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go."

Steve Maraboli

"There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this."

Terry Pretchett

"There is a grief in letting go. There is also a grief in holding on for too long."

Rikke E. Lee

"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

"There is absolutely no beauty in holding onto something that you’re supposed to let go of."

Sai Pradeep

"Letting go means to come to the realisation that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny."

Steve Maraboli

"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

"Sometimes, we have to fight for what we love and care about. Other times, we have to find strength to let go of the things we love most."


"Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realising that the only person you really have control over is yourself."

Deborah Reber

"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

"Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to."

Mandy Hale

"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

Letting Go of a Relationship Quotes

Whether it’s a relationship or a major change in life, or even something that is no longer serving you well, letting go is something that you must do in order to heal and move on. 

If you stay somewhere or in something that wasn’t meant to be, you’re only doing yourself an injustice and putting your future efforts in vain.

Book Recommendation: How to fix a broken heart by Guy Winch is really a great book for people recovering from a romantic breakup.

"Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness."

Steve Maraboli

"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

"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

"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

"When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you."

Shannon L. Alder

"... And even if you must release them with shaking hands, a knot in your throat, and trembling at the knees, you must. For soon after you are free."

Doreen Virtue

"You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you."

Jojo Moyes

"Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you have had significant relationships with."

Beliuda Anderson

"I’m guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve but when I’m done, I’m done."

Turcois Ominek

"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

"Change has to come for life to struggle forward."

Helen Hollick

"One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up."

Mandy Hale

"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."

Marisa Donnelly

"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

"Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go."

Jackson Kiddard

"The greatest win is walking away and choosing not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all."

Lalah Delia

"Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are."

Turcois Ominek

"Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realising that the only person you really have control over is yourself."

Deborah Reber

"I think that you never fall out of love with somebody, you just let go and move on."

Ashley Rickards

"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."


"Instead of thinking I am losing something when I clear clutter, I dwell on what I might gain."

Lisa J. Shultz

"It’s tough to let go and move on from bad relationships, but so is every other good thing in life."


"If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realise that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go."

Steve Maraboli

Inspirational Move-on Quotes

Moving on is like taking a deep breath of fresh air. Letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. You can't force yourself to forget the past, but you can choose to forgive and focus on what lies ahead.

Take each day as it comes and keep taking those deep breaths until the freshness of a new start is all around you.

"Life is like a river, if you cannot let go of the past, it will drag you down the stream."

Amit Ray

"Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you."

Steve Maraboli

"Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye."

Beyonce Knowles

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."

Lindon B. Johnson

"Our scars make us who we are. Wear them proudly, and move forward."

Jane Linfoot

"Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go."

Jackson Kiddard

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end."


"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

"Dear self: stop re-opening your doors for toxic people, then calling it 'seeking closure.' Certain things don't work out in life, and that is okay."

Reyna Biddy

"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

"You have to let go of who you were to become who you will be."

Candace Bushnell

"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

"The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday."

Steve Maraboli

"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

"I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward."

Fridtjof Nansen

"Rehashing the past wouldn’t change anything. Time to move forward."

Zena Wynn

"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

"Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over."

Nicole Sobon

"You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding."

Guy Finley

"You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward."

Roy T. Bennett

"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

"Changes that happen in your life will cause you to look at yourself, who you were what you have become, and how that change will define you moving forward. You will feel self-conscious. You will feel lonely, you will be ignored and you will find out who really loves you. All of this is okay to feel, and you should cry if you need to. The key thing to remember is: this is your time to become new and stronger version of you. What I mean by this: when a city falls, the people rebuild it, but do they rebuild it with weaker foundations and walls? No, always stronger. So it needs to be with your heart."

The poetry bandit

"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

It's Time to Heal

Letting go is tough and hard. But then you realize it makes space for something new. Certainly, this is where healing begins.

Only then you can truly feel a sense of peace, and have a more successful and meaningful presence, in all areas of your life.

The quotes below are for you to heal for a better and more peaceful today and tomorrow.

"You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever the old means for you."

Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well."

Germany Kent

"At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you."

Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Bryant McGill

"Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next."


"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

"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

"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

"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

"One day, you will be able to re-visit a painful situation and you will not react to it: your heart won't feel any pain; you will become unmoved. Never underestimate the power of spending time alone to heal, and explore what certain situations have been teaching you."

April Green

"A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again."

C. Joybell C

"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

"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

"The vision of what you want life to be like is likely bigger than the environment you are in. Often you need to change your environment to turn your dream into reality."

Brett Moran

"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

"If anyone is magically going to appear and just suddenly make your life better, just know that person is always going to be you."

Brianna Pastor

"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

"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

"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

"One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change."


"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."

C. Joybell C

Letting go of things or people and moving is all we need to learn if we want to be better versions of ourselves. These moving-on quotes hopefully will give you the perspective and strength to do what you believe is right for you.