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The 44 Best Quotes About Letting Go

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One of the toughest things to do in life is to let go. It’s not easy to move on and not look back.

Whether you’re moving on from a relationship or dealing with someone’s passing, these quotes about letting go might help you move forward.

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on. Alan Cohen

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


If the one you love left you and your heart is still beating, it’s because you are alive, not because they are your life.Unknown

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

Everything I’ve ever let go of had claw marks on it. David Foster Wallace

There is love in holding and there is love in letting go. Elizabeth Berg

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

All this while I’ve been packing ice around my heart. How do I make it melt? Ada, Cold Mountain

Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues. Steve Maraboli

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Buddhist Sentiment

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

I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse. JD Salinger

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

The things we don’t stress tend to turn out best. Trust and let go. Mandy Hale


To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest. H.P. Lovecraft

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

Don’t go through life; grow through life. Eric Butterworth

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times and at others, move forward with it. Ray Bradbury

We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it. Rainer Maria Rilke

I was OK before this, I will be OK after this. Sophia Amoruso

I didn’t realize it, but the days came along one after another, and then two years were gone, and everything was gone, and I was gone. F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then. Steven King

Loss alone is but the wounding of a heart; it is memory that makes it our ruin. Brian Ruckley

Life is the constant ebb and flow of holding on and letting go. Esther Estey

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

It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory. Paulo Coelho

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on. Tupac

Look out your window, and I’ll be gone. You’re the reason I’m a-traveling on… Bob Dylan

Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier. Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Because maybe, in a way, we didn’t leave it behind nearly as much as we might once have thought. Because somewhere underneath, a part of us stayed like that: fearful of the world around us, and no matter how much we despised ourselves for it–unable quite to let each other go. Kazuo Ishiguro

Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you. Steve Maraboli

Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe. C. JoyBell C

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In the end you can’t always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go. ALLY CONDIE

The master does his job and then stops. He understands that the universe is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao. Lao Tzu

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

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us… Joseph Campbell

I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Not watching the path where his legs took him, he walked on because he knew he had to walk ahead, leaving his past behind. Faraaz Kazi

When your bright future, becomes a dull regret of the past, take a deep breath and move on. Kendal Rob

Like the painted silence felt in the lost song of a mermaid or the bent and broken feet of a dancing ballerina. It is every considered step. I am taking in the opposite direction of you. Lang Leav

At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved. John Green

I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but forward. Firdtjorf Nansen

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