116 Inspiring Quotes About Letting Go and Finding Freedom

Letting go is a transformative process. It’s an act of grace, an acknowledgment that in releasing the old, we make room for new experiences, perspectives, and growth. This collection of quotes about letting go and finding freedom serves as a beacon offering guidance and solace to those on the precipice of releasing what no longer serves them.

Quotes About Letting Go of the Past

This section features quotes that delve into the concept of releasing the past. These quotes, shared by various individuals, highlight the importance of letting go of past experiences. They emphasize the freedom and growth that come from moving beyond what has already happened, encouraging us to embrace fresh perspectives and the lessons that pave the way forward.

1. “Never feel guilty for starting again.” — Rupi Kaur

2. “Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” — Marsha Petrie Sue

3. “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

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

5. “Things are as they are—we suffer because we imagined different.”Rachel Wolchin

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6. “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

7. “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

8. “I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” — Jeffrey McDaniel

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

10. “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

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

12. “Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” — Joel Osteen

13. “Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go.” — Papaji

14. “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.

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15. “The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.” — Baltasar Gracián

16. “If you want to fly in 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

17. “The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyze it, debate it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, gossip about it, pray over it, put it down or dissect its motives it continues to rot in your brain. It is dead. It is over. It is gone. It is done.” — Shannon L. Alder

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

19. “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

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20. “You’re not bound by the past; that is who you used to be….All you have to do is walk forward with a positive outlook, and trust that God has a plan that is greater than the sorrow you left behind.— Shannon Alder

21. “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” — Eckhart Tolle

22. “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

23. “Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.”Paulo Coelho

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

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

26. “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

27. “If you wish to be happy right from the beginning of your day, then it is about time to leave behind your past.”Lorin Hopper

28. “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” ― Mary Manin Morrissey

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

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30. “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

31. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” — Anna Quindlen

32. “The sound of geese flying overhead is the sound of life moving on.” — Marty Rubin

33. “I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me.” — A.G.

34. “You are far more than your worst day, your worst experience, your worst season, dear one. You are more than the sorriest decision you ever made. You are more than the darkest sorrow you’ve endured. Your name is not Ruined. It is not Helpless. It is not Victim. It is not Irresponsible. History is replete with overcomers who stood up after impossible circumstances and walked in freedom. You are not an anemic victim destined to a life of regret. Not only are you capable, you have full permission to move forward in strength and health.”Jen Hatmaker

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35. “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

36. “Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.” — C. JoyBell C.

37. “Your past is just a story, and once you realize this, it has no power over you.”

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38. “Starting over is an acceptance of a past we can’t change, an unrelenting conviction that the future can be different, and the stubborn wisdom to use the past to make the future what the past was not.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

39. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” — Steve Maraboli

40. “Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.”Anais Nin

41. “To get over the past, you first have to accept that the past is over. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyze it, regret it, or sweat it…it’s over. It can hurt you no more.” — Mandy Hale

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42. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” — Drew Gerald

43. “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates

44. “If you want to fly in 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

45. “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.” — Fridtjof Nansen

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

47. “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

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48. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” — Joseph Campbell

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

50. “The only true fresh start is the one that is made with a clean slate.”

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

52. “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.

Quotes About Letting Go of Someone You Love

This section is a collection of quotes that talk about the difficulty of letting go of someone you deeply care about. These quotes are from various people and share different feelings and thoughts about moving on from someone special. They express the sadness of it but also how it can make you stronger and help you grow.

53. “If you keep picking at that scab on your heart, it won’t heal.” — Antonia Perdu

54. “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them.”Mandy Hale

55. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”Lao Tzu

56. “You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want, while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go… and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet.— Steve Maraboli

57. “Let go of something old that no longer serves you in order to make room for something new.”Roy T. Bennett

58. “Don’t tie your heart to a person that has nothing left to offer you. Let it go. It might hurt for a while, but when you get over it, you’ll see that it’s better.”Orebela Gbenga

59. “No matter how bad you want a person, if your hearts are in two different places, you’ll have to pass and move on.” — Alexandra Elle

60. “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” — Faraaz Kazi

61. “Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts. If they don’t find you worth the effort or the time, why should you waste yours?” — Donna Lynn Hope

62. “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.”Mandy Hale

63. “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 Alder

64. “Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing, but it is the most “real love” you will ever experience.” — Shannon L. Alder

65. “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

66. “Your heart’s strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self worth and faith is measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don’t look back.” — Shannon L. Alder

67. “Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go.”

68. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” — Mandy Hale

69. “It’s painful and it’s messy. But sometimes you just have to make the break and start again.” — Tony Parsons

70. “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.

71. “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.— Toni Morrison

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72. “Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” — Marsha Petrie Sue

73. “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

74. “Don’t waste time thinking about them. If they walked away from your love, they don’t deserve your pain.”C.L. Brown

75. “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

76. “It can be difficult to leave a long-term relationship, even when our inner-wisdom tells us it’s time to let go. At this point, we can choose let go and endure the intense pain of leaving behind the familiar to make way for a new chapter in our life. Or we can stay and suffer a low-grade pain that slowly eats away at our heart and soul, like an emotional cancer. Until we wake up, one day and realize, we are buried so deep in the dysfunction of the relationship that we scarcely remember who we were and what we wanted and needed to be.” — Jaeda DeWalt

77. “If you walked away from a toxic, negative, abusive, one-sided, dead-end low vibrational relationship or friendship — you won.” — Lalah Delia

78. “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”Michael Bassey Johnson

79. “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

80. “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” — Brigitte Nicole

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81. “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.”

82. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”

83. “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

84. “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

85. “I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

86. “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

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87. “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

88. “But if you have to go, then go. Go if it hurts. Go if it’s time. Just go knowing you were loved, that I will never forget you….” — Taylor Jenkins Reid

89. “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

90. “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.” — Steve Maraboli

91. “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

Quotes About Letting Go of Guilt And Forgiving Yourself

In this collection, you’ll find quotes specifically centered around the theme of releasing guilt. These poignant quotes, drawn from various sources, reflect on the emotional journey of letting go of feelings of guilt. They offer diverse perspectives on self-forgiveness, healing, and the liberating power of moving beyond past mistakes or regrets. Explore these words of wisdom that illuminate the path toward self-compassion, growth, and inner peace by shedding the weight of guilt.

92. “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

93. “A new beginning. Be willing to let go of the past. Release the hurt. It is over. Yesterday ended last night.” — Steve Maraboli

94. “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

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

96. “Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.”Shannon L. Alder

97. “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

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98. “A new chapter in life awaits you. It’s time to turn the page.”

99. “Regrets and mistakes help us identify areas of growth. They are not meant to be dwelled on. Do not let them undermine your potential.” — Naide P. Obiang

100. “Let’s forget the baggage of the past and make a new beginning.” Shahbaz Sharif

101. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” — Criss Jami

102. “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” — Katherine Mansfield

103. “Forgiveness is a radical act of setting your soul free, and the person you blame, hate, fear or resent cannot help you with that. Only your heart holds the key.” — Anthon St. Maarten

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104. “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

105. “One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that make you sad.”

106. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

107. “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 realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” — Steve Maraboli

108. “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

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Quotes About Letting Go of Anger

This section houses a collection of quotes focused on the profound journey of releasing hate and anger. Within these quotes, contributed by various individuals, lie insights into the transformative nature of letting go of negative emotions. They offer diverse perspectives on forgiveness, empathy, and the profound liberation found in transcending feelings of animosity, guiding us towards inner peace and emotional freedom by embracing compassion and understanding.

109. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Paul Boose

110. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” — Steve Maraboli

111. “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” — Jackson Kiddard

112. “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.

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113. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” — Buddha

114. “When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” — Catherine Ponder

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

116. “To love everyone unconditionally does not mean to give everyone your unconditional time. Sometimes, to love completely, we must never see someone again. This, too, is love. This is giving someone the freedom to exist and be happy, even if it must be without you.” — Vironika Tugaleva

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