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11 Quotes on the Power of Letting Go

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is letting go of what’s holding you back. It could be a painful situation you have to overcome, the loss of someone you love, the consequences of a poor choice, a deflating job, or even just a negative mindset you can’t shake. We can get stuck in a holding pattern where we focus on the things that we struggle with, and wind up in a cycle of stress, frustration, and sadness.

But there’s good news: Once you let go of whatever hurt, anger, or regret you’re holding on to, you’re able to move forward freely. You have the ability to start out on a new path, unencumbered by the weight of what you’ve left behind. If you’re standing on the precipice of that new start, these 11 quotes will inspire you to let go, and move forward.


Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.
Steve Maraboli

You only struggle because you're ready to grow but aren't willing to let go.
Drew Gerald

Forgiveness is just another name for freedom.
Byron Katie

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. The past is closed and limited; the future is open and free.
Deepak Chopra

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

To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
Gerald G. Jampolsky

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.
James R. Sherman

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
John A. Shedd

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have two choices: to control your mind or to let your mind control you.
Paulo Coelho

What we find in life is based on where we put our attention. When we focus on the small worlds our thoughts create, we miss out on the beauty and possibilities we are meant to enjoy.
Guy Finley

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Jennifer Billock
Jennifer is a writer, traveler, witch, and unapologetic Chicagoan. @jenniferbillock
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