Quotes About Moving On

Quotes about moving on from relationships, jobs, and moving on in life helps you through the process of change. Quotations can help and guide you since they remind you…

  • … of what you need to do to move on in life
  • … that you are not alone; others have also gone through a relationship ending, a job loss, an unwelcome change of location, and so on.
  • … that moving on is healthy and good for your peace of mind and happiness
  • … that letting go of the past makes you more available to the future


In researching quotes I found that there are a lot of them! In order to organize them better I’ve created categories for you to look through. Rather than just listing them I’ve added some commentary to the quotes I select as good advice to clarify and expand on them.

Spiritual Figures – Quotes about Letting Go

As humans with our complex mix of motivations and emotions we become attached to others, to our things, and to our vocations and avocations… almost anything, in fact! Sometimes though, it is time to let go. Sometimes it is time to move on. The quotes on this page from some of the prominent spiritual leaders in our history as well as some more contemporary spiritual figures show us the way to move forward. The quotes included on this page are:

“In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility” ~ Qur’an  13:28

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth” ~ Buddha

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” ~ Jesus Christ

The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Theresa

“If you cling to your life you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” ~ Luke 17:33

“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” ~ Ram Dass


To read more on these quotes and what they mean go here.

Authors – Quotes about Moving Forward

Famous and not so famous literary figures — playwrights, poets, screen-writers,  writer s,essayists, novelists — frequently have pertinent things to say about moving on and moving forward.

“Time heals grief and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.” ~ Pascal

“If you bury the pain deep down it will stay with you indefinitely, but if you open yourself to it, experience it, and deal with it head-on, you’ll find it begins to move on after a while.” ~ Greg Behrendt

“Things do not change, we change.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor Frankl

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!” ~Abraham Lincoln

Want to get some insight into what these quotes mean? Navigate here.

Celebrity Quotations

It won’t surprise you that most of the quotations from celebs concern letting go of relationships rather than moving on from careers, work, or other significant life events. Celebrities seem to go through many romantic partners so maybe we can think of them as experts on relationships ending and letting go! Personally, I think of celebrities as regular people like you or I who’ve by luck, skill, or chance… more…

The past is a ghost, the future is a dream, and all we ever have is now.” ~ Bill Cosby

“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

“You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” ~ Bruce Lee

“Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go.” ~ Kate Winslet

To read more about these quotes and how they can apply to your situation go here.

Anonymous Quotes

On this page are gathered some quotes whose origin is lost in the past. Often anonymous means proverbs from way back in the mists of time…

“If someone you love hurts you cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.” ~ Unknown

“Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“Forgive and forget.” ~ anon

“Letting go isn’t about giving up. It’s about accepting that there are things that cannot be.” ~ Unknown

“Don’t cry over spilt milk.” ~ Unknown

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” ~ Unknown

Read more about what these quotes mean here.

What do you think?

I want to know what you think and what you’d like to see on this site, too. So please feel free to submit a quote that you think should be included. Please let me know if there are any errors or misquotes. And contact me even if you’d just like to pass on some appreciation.

Supportive friends and family

Friends and family can be your best resources in the letting go process since they give the personal touch of caring that books and courses often lack. Supplementing their help with professional help in the form of reading good material, or books, or participating in courses like EFT for relationships  can speed the process along and bring you greater happiness in the new situation you find yourself in. Actively working to move on prepares you for better things to come!

Now that you must move on what next?

Sometimes the chaos of being in new territory after loss makes it difficult to see clearly. With that in mind I’ve put together a few pages here to remind you of things you probably already know. So I’ve added pages like how to move on, and how meditation can help you let go, as well as how techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique can help. Lastly for a more relaxed and easy-to-look-at way of presenting quotations I’ve put together a video — please share or use as you’d like!

How to get the most out of the quotes

To really get the best out of a quotations it is good to formally contemplate its meaning. So, for instance, if you read “Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go…” (Kate Winslet, yes she like to get her nails done [which reminds me… take a look at my other site on beauty schools — including nail tech schools — if you’re so inclined] but she does have some wisdom too – the two aren’t mutually exclusive) and it really hits home, then the first thing to do is stop. Usually our tendency is to quickly move to the next thing not allowing anything to really take root and change our attitude. So, pausing and re-reading the quote is the first step. Secondly, think it over. Why does this quotation hit home for me? In the past have I had trouble letting someone go? When I finally did set them free, did it feel good to do that? Did it feel better to let them go with love or did holding a grudge feel more satisfying? By pondering the meaning we can really start to make some change and let our wisdom come out so that we can become just a little happier. Finally, sit quietly and let it all sink in. Later when thinking about someone you’ve moved on from you can apply the insight from your contemplation. Alternatively, you can remember the quote more easily and let it inform your attitude. It may even prevent you from going to the dark side in your mental outlook — that is if you’ve had the tendency to do so in the past. In the context of using quotations to ward of negativity another good way to think of them is as slogans or even mantras that you can repeat at the right moment.

Misquotes… a pet peeve!

As I mentioned above accuracy is important to me. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen quotes on the internet that have been attributed to the wrong source. There are some sites out there whose existence is solely for the purpose of identifying those quotes, but unfortunately many people seem not to care. I know I wouldn’t want to be misquoted or have my name used to back up a dubious quote especially if I disagreed with it. Probably people like the Dalai Lama or Buddha or Jesus wouldn’t be bothered by it but for most of us it would be an annoyance, or worse. Here’s one of my favourite sites that exposes quotes misattributed to Buddha: www.fakebuddhaquotes.com. And here is wikipedia’s daughter site devoted to quotes with attribution to the correct author (hallelujah!): www.wikiquote.org. As I mentioned above please let me know — if you know for sure — that I have misquoted someone.

“But there are so many sites with quotes,” you say…

So, with all the sites out there dedicated to lists of quotations how is this one different? The quotes here are selected either for humor or to make a point and then analyzed or commented upon to draw out the meaning and make them more applicable to your life. If you are moving on from a job, a relationship, a change of location or any other stressful happening you’ll find more than the average quotes website here.

It is kind of like having an insurance policy…

Having a few good quotes at your ready to deal with things that arise is a little like having an insurance policy. If in reading quotes you’ve invested some time in contemplating how to protect your emotions from the ravages of untoward circumstances it is very similar to investing a little money in protecting your car from accidents, theft, etc. It would be so good if we spent more time on the inner causes of happiness. One of those causes is thinking about the quotes about moving on from insightful writers, sages, and so on.