The 50 Best Quotes About Moving Forward and Letting Go

In an ideal world, we could snap our fingers and wipe away the anger, resentment or heartbreak that a person or situation may have caused us and just move on.

Life doesn’t seem to work out that way though and controlling our emotions can at times feel impossible. Forgiving and forgetting is almost always easier said than done.

Often times it’s because we have valid reasons for the way we feel; a scheming co-worker or manager, a jealous friend, a dissolving relationship, family or financial issues etc.

Regardless of how right we may be, 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.

Moving On Quotes

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

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ― Nelson Mandela

True forgiveness is when you can say, Thank you for that experience. ― Oprah Winfrey

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. – Steve Maraboli

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. ― Thomas Stephen Szasz

Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. ― Wm. Paul Young

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are. ― Cherie Carter-Scott

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. ― Anne Lamott

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

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ― Marianne Williamson

Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde

We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it–because we need it. ― Bree Despain

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. – Moshe Dayan

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. – Anonymous

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

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. – Marlene Dietrich

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

In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness. ― Toba Beta

Forgiveness is God’s greatest gift ― Dan Brown

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

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

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

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. – George MacDonald

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. – Louis B. Smedes

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

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. – Robert Muller

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. – William Arthur Ward

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Boese

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake

If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one. – Robert Brault

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. – George Herbert

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. – Roberto Assagioli

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. – Harriet Nelson

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. – Isaac Friedmann

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. Smedes

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. – Norman Cousins

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. – Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. – Indira Gandhi

Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on. – Alice Duer Miller

As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in

your mind. – Isabelle Holland

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. – Cherie Carter-Scott

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it. – Mason Cooley

Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. – Laurence Sterne

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. ― Stephen Chbosky

Forgiveness is the final form of love. ― Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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 Albom


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