75 Compelling Quotes Teaching You How To Let Go

One of the most difficult challenges we encounter as humans is letting go.

Letting go of relationships, the past, our beliefs, the status quo, our fears, our hopes and dreams, our youth, and our sense of control.

Life is about change, and change is often scary and painful. We want to cling to what we have, even when we know what we have isn't what we really want or need. Sometimes change is forced upon us, and we fight it tooth and nail until we've lost the battle. Then we sit in bitterness and remorse, giving up the only real control we have in life — the ability to let go and begin anew.

What if we could simply accept that change is inevitable and that the only sane response to it is releasing our resistance to it? I know it's not easy to simply let go, but once you do, you recognize how powerfully liberating it is. You free yourself from pain, guilt, and regret, and you find a vast open space in which to move forward with your life.

Are you at a crossroad in a relationship or in life where you must decide to make a change or where change has been thrust upon you?

Here are 75 letting go quotes teaching you how to move forward in life:

1. 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 Jampolsky


2. 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


3. What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am? ~Brene Brown


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


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


6. Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. ~Gail Sheehy


7. Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive. ~Bryant H. McGill


8. 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. ~Lao Tzu


9. 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

10. There's a victory in letting go of your expectations. ~Mike White


11. Which do you want: the pain of staying where you are, or the pain of growth? ~Judith Hanson Lasater


12. 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


13. 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


14. Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. ~Aldous Huxley


15. Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival. ~Osho


16. At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening. ~Unknown


17. Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? ~Leo Buscaglia


We-must-be-willing-to-let-go-of-the-life-e144034564172518. 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


19. 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


20. 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


21. There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its value. ~Ellen Goodman


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


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


24. No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth. ~Té V. Smith


25. What happens when you let go, when your strength leaves you and you sink into darkness, when there’s nothing that you or anyone else can do, no matter how desperate you are, no matter how you try? Perhaps it’s then, when you have neither pride nor power, that you are saved, brought to an unimaginably great reward. ~Mark Halperin


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


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


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


29. Life is about change. Sometimes it’s painful; sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time it is both. ~Lana Lang


30. It’s never the changes we want that change everything. ~Junot Diaz


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


32. The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us…the option to fill the space with something new. ~Susan Fay West



33. 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


34. Part of being human is that we can’t go back, we can only hope that if we come across that moment again we’ll do it the right way. ~Jesse Lacey


35. 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


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


You-can-only-lose-what-you-cling-to.-Buddha-e144034585190337. You can only lose what you cling to. ~Buddha


38. Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you’ve had significant relationships with. Understand when someone no longer positively affects your life. Let them go. Don’t hinder your growth ~Unknown


39. They say when you really love someone, you should be willing to set them free. So that is what I am doing. I will step back and you will move on. I will let you go….Your happiness means everything to me. I will listen for your voice in the distance. I will look at the moon. I will keep you in my pocket. I will carry your smile with me everywhere, like a warm and comforting glow. ~Tabitha Suzuma


40. You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted. Begin again the story of your life. ~Jane Hirshfield


41. I learned that it was in hard times that people usually changed the course of their life; in good times, they frequently only talked about change. Hard times forced them to overcome the doubts that normally gave them pause. It surprised me how often we hold ourselves back until we have no choice. ~Po Bronson


42. 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


43. Sometimes the door closes on a relationship, not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life. So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the new door that’s opened. It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were, it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay. ~Lee Goff


44. 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


45. Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it. ~Unknown


46. What people resist is not change per se, but loss. ~Ronald A. Heifetz


47. If you only knew how to respect my heart, I wouldn’t have found a reason to let you go. ~Jourdane Erasquin


48. There comes a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go. ~Tennessee Williams


49. 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


50. You can’t keep dancing with the devil and ask why you’re still in hell. ~Unknown


51. If someone doesn’t care to accept you, respect you, believe in you, don’t hesitate to move on and let them go. There are many who love and appreciate you just the way you are. ~Amaka Imani Nkosazana


52. I don’t think I’m going to like it at all. I think it’s going to hurt. But after the hurt I think maybe something good and strong and beautiful will come out of it. ~Kathryn Erskine


53. 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


54. Lovely days don’t come to you, you should walk to them. ~Rumi


55. 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


56. Let go, or be dragged. ~Unknown


57. Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just…start. ~Ijeoma Umebinyuo


58. 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


59. Just because someone has been in your life for many years, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a point at which you finally decide to let go. ~Wilfred James Dolor


60. Letting go is not getting rid of memories. Memories will stay, they always do. Letting go is making sure that the pain associated with the memories goes away. ~Arti Honrao


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


62. 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


Even-if-you-fall-on-your-face-you’re-still-e144034634959463. Change has to come for life to struggle forward. ~Helen Hollick


64. You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them. ~Mandy Hale


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


66. You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. ~Guy Finley


67. 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


68. 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.


69. 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


70. 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


71. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” ~Dalai Lama


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


73. Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. ~Ralph Marston


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


75. In the end you can’t always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go. ~Ally Condie

Are you in the process of letting go of a relationship? Which of these quotes spoke to you and inspired you to move forward with more confidence and peace?

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  • sherill

    Hi, Thanks for sharing all these wonderful quotes about letting go. Loved it. Great reminders.

  • Kam

    These quotes are all very inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing them with me.

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