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The 50 Best Quotes About Moving Forward and Letting Go

These moving on and letting go quotes may be exactly what you need to move forward with your life.

If you’re feeling anger, resentment or heartbreak right now, you’re not alone. To forgive and forget is almost always easier said than done.

Often times, it’s due to perfectly valid reasons like a terrible co-worker, a jealous friend, a dissolving relationship or more complicated family problems.

At the end of the day, holding on to these feelings is what truly holds us back. The quotes below aren’t about forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or forgetting a situation you went through. They’re about making peace with the past, learning from it, and recognizing the best is always yet to come—regardless of how you feel today.

The quotes below aren’t about forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or forgetting a situation you went through, they’re about making peace with the past in order to learn from it. And recognizing the best is always yet to come—regardless of how you feel today.


The 50 Best Quotes About Moving Forward and Letting Go



The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. – The Weeknd

  1. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ― Nelson Mandela
  2. True forgiveness is when you can say, Thank you for that experience. ― Oprah Winfrey
  3. Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. – Steve Marabolimoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-life-opt
  4. The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. ― Thomas Stephen Szasz
  5. Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. ― Wm. Paul Young
  6. Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are. ― Cherie Carter-Scott
  7. Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. ― Anne Lamott
  8. Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. ― Rick Warren
  9. The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ― Marianne Williamson
  10. Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much. -Oscar Wilde
  11. We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it–because we need it. ― Bree Despain
  12. If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. – Moshe Dayanmoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-moshe-dyan-friends-opt
  13. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi
  14. Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. – Anonymousmoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-forgiveness-opt
  15. Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me. – Sara Paddison
  16. Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. – Marlene Dietrich
  17. As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. ― Nelson Mandela
  18. In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness. ― Toba Beta
  19. Forgiveness is God’s greatest gift ― Dan Brown
  20. Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on. ― Criss Jamimoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-forgiveness-criss-jami-opt
  21. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost
  22. Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. ― Corrie ten Boom
  23. Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. – George MacDonald
  24. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. – Louis B. Smedes
  25. We are all on a life-long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven. – Martha Kilpatrick
  26. To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. – Robert Muller
  27. Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twainmoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-forgiveness-mark-twain-opt
  28. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi
  29. Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. – William Arthur Ward
  30. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Boese
  31. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake
  32. If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one. – Robert Braultmoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-forgive-forget-opt
  33. He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. – George Herbert
  34. Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. – Roberto Assagioli
  35. Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. – Harriet Nelson
  36. Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. – Isaac Friedmann
  37. Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. – Louis B. Smedesmoving-forward-quotes-forgiveness-past-memory-opt
  38. Life is an adventure in forgiveness. – Norman Cousinsmoving-forward-letting-go-quotes-forgiveness-life-opt
  39. Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. – Hannah Arendt
  40. Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. – Indira Gandhi
  41. Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on. – Alice Duer Miller
  42. As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind. – Isabelle Holland
  43. Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. – Cherie Carter-Scott
  44. Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it. – Mason Cooley
  45. Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. – Laurence Sterne
  46. Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. ― Stephen Chboskyletting-go-quotes-things-change-friends-leave-opt
  47. Forgiveness is the final form of love. ― Reinhold Niebuhr
  48. We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. ― Ellen Goodman
  49. It’s not just other people we need to forgive. We also need to forgive ourselves. For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. ― Mitch Albomletting-go-quotes-forgive-ourselves-moving-forward-opt

What are your favorite quotes about moving forward and letting go?

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Written by Quotezine Team

Michelle Quinteros is a pop culture and lifestyle writer with a fancy degree from McMaster University. When she’s not writing for Quotezine, she can be found excessively quoting The Simpsons or binge watching Netflix.

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