115 Best Letting Go Quotes to Move On and Live Free

The process of letting go involves getting rid of your unfavorable feelings and compulsive thoughts.

You must move on in life and forget your bad times.

Letting go involves accepting the fact that certain individuals are a part of your past but not your future.


Pain, anger, and resentment can all weigh us down and hinder us from living our best lives.

That is why we have selected some of the best letting go quotes to help you move on and live free.

These quotes will motivate you to let go of the past, forgive yourself and others, and find some peace and happiness in your life.

Whether you’re coping with a breakup, a loss, or just need to let go of negative thoughts, these quotes can help you find peace and start all over again.

Top 10 Letting Go Quotes


Let go, or be dragged. ~ Unknown.*


The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go. ~ Shannon L. Alder.


Pain will leave you when you let go. ~ Jeremy Aldana.


Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past. ~ Dan Brown.


Life moves on and so should we. ~ Spencer Johnson.

Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go. ~ Unknown.*

One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul. ~ B. Nicole.

Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. ~ Anais Nin.

Change has to come for life to struggle forward. ~ Helen Hollick.

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. ~ Unknown.*

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Famous Letting Go Quotes

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

Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. ~ Erika Taylor.

Life is just a slide. Back and forth between loving and leaving, remembering and forgetting, holding on and letting go. ~ Nicole Lyons.

Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go. ~ Roy T. Bennett.

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

Even as I hold you, I am letting you go. ~ Alice Walker.

The moment after being let go, when we can finally let it go, is the moment when love once again has hope. ~ Brian MacLearn.

It’s you who has to hold on to earth. You have to tighten your grip – which means letting go of him. ~ Melissa Bank.

Sometimes holding on does more damage than letting go. ~ Unknown.*

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

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.

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

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.

The reason why we can’t let go of someone is because deep inside we still have hope. ~ Unknown.*

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. ~ Victor Kiam.

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over. ~ Guy Finley

Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for. ~ Mandy Hale.

Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye. ~ Beyoncé.

There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it. ~ Kate DiCamillo.

Unforgettable Letting Go Quotes

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.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. ~ Herman Hesse.

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.

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.

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. ~ Michael Cibenko.

You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice.

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

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. ~ Ralph Marston

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

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. ~ Rumi.

Ultimate Letting Go Quotes

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

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.

I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. ~ Jeffrey McDaniel.

It’s not a matter of letting go – you would if you could. Instead of Let it go we should probably say Let it be. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn.

There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. ~ Jessica Hatchigan.

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

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.

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

The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did. ~ Faraaz Kazi

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. ~ Tao Te Ching.

Thought-Provoking Letting Go Quotes

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~ Bob Newhart

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson.

You’ve got to know when to let a woman go if you want to keep her, and if you don’t want to keep her you let her go anyhow so it’s always a process of letting go, one way or the other. ~ Charles Bukowski

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

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.

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

You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself. ~ Mandy Hale

Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day! ~ Steve Maraboli.

Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go. ~ Jackson Kiddard

In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. ~ Deepak Chopra

It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. ~ J. K. Rowling

We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present. ~ Marianne Williamson.

Profound Letting Go Quotes


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

Your past does not equal your future. ~ Anthony Robbins.

A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath. ~ Anthony Liccione.

It is mental slavery to cling to things that have stopped serving it’s purpose in your life. ~ Chinonye J. Chidolue.

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

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.

You can only lose what you cling to. ~ Buddha.

No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories. ~ Haruki Murakami.

To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own. ~ Jack Kornfield.

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that make you sad. ~ Unknown.*

Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it. ~ Ginni Rometty.

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.

Best Letting Go Quotes

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

Simplify your life. You don’t grow spiritually, you shrink spiritually. ~ Unknown.*

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. ~ Unknown.*

Forgiveness means letting go of the past. ~ Gerald Jampolsky

When you let go you create space for something better. ~ Unknown.*

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

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

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.

In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. ~ Deepak Chopra.


Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it. ~ Justin Timberlake

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again. ~ Dawson’s Creek.

Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go. ~ Papaji

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

Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. ~ Steve Maraboli

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

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

If love becomes too painful, then it’s time to let that love go and save yourself. You have to keep this in mind because you’ll be able to find another love but not another self. ~ Robert Tew

I think every girl has that a guy she has trouble letting go of. ~ Rashida Jones

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ~ Steve Maraboli

Things are as they are – we suffer because we imagined different. ~ Rachel Wolchin

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. ~ Carl Jung.

Great Letting Go Quotes

Letting go may sound so simple, but rarely is it a one-time thing. Just keep letting go, until one day it’s gone for good. ~ Eleanor Brownn

Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to. ~ Mandy Hale

Take all the time you need to heal emotionally. Moving on doesn’t take a day, it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self. ~ Tere Arigo.

If you love something so much, let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn’t it never was. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering. ~ Hal Tipper.


Pain will leave you, when you let go. ~ Unknown.*

Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make. ~ Roy T. Bennett

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~ Raymond Lindquist

The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss. ~ Rebecca Solnit

I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on. ~ Rascal Flatts

If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down. ~ Amit Ray.

So these were the 115 top Letting Go quotes and sayings.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Women’s History Month quotes and Black History Month quotes.

References and Sources:

  1. Letting Go Quotes: Inspiration for Moving On (Top 60)
  2. Letting Go Quotes For Finally Moving On | Everyday Power
  3. 90 Letting Go Quotes for Moving On with Your Life – A to Zen Life
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