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20 Quotes For Letting Go Of The Past And Moving On With Your Life

One of the most difficult tasks any individual can master, is the ability to let go of the past, and move forward towards their future.
08/25/2016 02:47pm ET | Updated August 26, 2017
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One of the most difficult tasks any individual can master, is the ability to let go of the past, and move forward towards their future. This can feel especially difficult after the end if a long relationship, and while you are working towards healing and starting over. If an individual can learn to master the skills of letting go of past hurts and grievances they are holding on to, and to stop worrying about every possible case scenario in the future that can go wrong, they can truly feel a sense of peace, and have a more successful and meaningful present, in all areas of their lives, especially in their relationships.

Below are some quotes on the ideas of letting go and moving on, that I hope will plant kernels of inspiration and grounding, and closure for your life. With this new found peace and lightness, great things can be accomplished, and your life can be more fully enjoyed. You are more open and happy, and this creates an ideal situation to move forward with your life and perhaps a new partnership.

1. "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, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

2. "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, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

3. "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, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

4. "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

5. "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.

6. "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, The Six Rules of Maybe

7. "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

8. "Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye"
― Beyoncé Knowles

9. "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

10. "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

11. "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.

12. "There is no such thing as a "broken family." Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you."
― C. JoyBell C.

13. "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

14. "I realise there's something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they're experts at letting things go."
― Jeffrey McDaniel

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

16. "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

17. "Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit."
― Shannon L. Alder

18. "The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go."
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

19. "The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday."
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

20. "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

Hopefully some of these resonated with you, and showed you how empowering and healing letting go can be. We feel lighter, more free, and more open to the possibilities in our lives. For the first time we are able to see the future full of possibilities, and unencumbered by the baggage and hurts of the past.