Quotes from celebrities about letting go

As you might expect most of the quotes from celebrities concern moving on from relationships rather than careers or work. Celebrities do tend to go through a lot of partners so perhaps we can consider them experts on break-ups and letting go! I think of celebrities as regular people like you or I who have somehow or other managed to become famous. Respect often comes with fame and money and people tend to take more seriously what you have to say. Below are a few prime examples of celebrity breakup quotes and my thoughts on them.


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

This makes so much sense and sounds kind of mystical, really. Maybe it should go on the Spiritual quotes about moving on page but Mr. Cosby doesn’t have a reputation as a mystic. Seriously, when moving on we are haunted by the ghost of the past a lot. And perhaps we are even made anxious thinking about the dream of the future. If we can live more in the moment we will have more peace and relief. That is actually what mindfulness meditation is all about: really being in the moment whatever that moment contains and that is why Bill Cosby sounds a little mystical here and why meditation can be very helpful in letting go. Bill Cosby’s latest: he’s still at it in 2013 Far from Finished

 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 LandersWhy do you sometimes need more strength to let go than to hold on? If you are attached to someone and get a lot of security and comfort from them it can be hard to let them go. In this case letting go and moving on requires more strength and trust than keeping things the same. Why? We are giving up the comfort and support of the familiar and leaping into unknown territory. Ann Landers on Amazon.

You are responsible for your life. You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. - Oprah WinfreyIt seems obvious but when we look at the way we think we often DO blame others for our difficulties. And in many aspects of our lives, not just our close relationships. When a bad driver makes a dangerous decision that affects us do we get angry? Probably. I do! But looked at from a clear perspective the anger and blame that we heap on the bad driver has no good function and just makes us miserable and maybe pushes us to make bad driving decisions ourselves! So it is in relationships. And so it is when we are called on to move on. The more we can take responsibility for our own state of mind regardless of what others do the more power we have over our own life and happiness. I agree with Oprah on this one.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. –  Bruce LeeThis one is good to remind us of the need to be flexible within and without of relationships. As things move and change in a relationship we need to move and change with them. As a relationship ends we need to be flexible and let go. If we hold on when an ending has definitely come to us we will find all kinds of problems arising (stalking anyone?). We will be like the stiff tree that snaps and cracks while the bamboo sways back and forth. Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living

Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go. ~ Kate WinsletWhat does this mean? Often we associate romantic love with clinging, attachment and hanging on. “You are so special to me that I will never let you go!” Of course that’s impossible. Even the best relationship comes to an end eventually. Circumstances and people change so that we can’t predict with absolute certainty that what we have today will be with us tomorrow. So, even within a relationship it makes life easier for you and the other if an attitude of generosity and openness pervades our interactions. We let go continually.