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25 Encouraging Quotes That Will Help You Make Peace & Let Go Of The Past

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It's time to move on.

Letting go is one of the hardest things to do, yet it is often the best decision we can make.

Whether in love or other relationships, we run into situations where we just have to let go and move on from whatever person or situation is holding us back. It's not an easy road, but it's necessary and worth it in the long run.

Maybe you realized it's time to break up with your significant other or were dumped and just need to put the past behind you. Or maybe it’s just an incident that has been gnawing at you. Whatever the situation, you've decided it's best to move on and focus on your future instead of dwelling on the past and repeating the same mistakes over and over again.



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Picking apart your past  does not do us any good. In fact, it is harmful to our mental health and can result in low self-esteem, depression, and more. It's easy to allow negativity, regret, and worry to take over our life, which is why it is essential to learn to let go and forgive yourself. There is a time to hold on and a time to let go; it's up to you to decide what s best for you.

If you are struggling to let go of the past and find yourself stuck, it might be time to look for a little inspiration. A simple quote can be all you need to make that leap!


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In order to help you, we have gathered 25 quotes to inspire you to let go.


1. Remember what really matters.

"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." Buddha

2. Letting go does not necessarily mean you don't love the other person.

"I think it's time I let you go. And that's so hand to do because a part of me will be in love with you for the rest of my life. But the day dreaming, the running in place, it's not healthy. I can't do that anymore." — Unknown

3. Let go of what you can't change.

"One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can't change." — Unknown

4. If it's meant to be, it will be.

"Sometimes things need to be let go of. If it's meant to be, you'll find each other again." — Unknown

5. Have faith in your future.

"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be." — Sonia Ricotti

6. Do your heart a favor.

"One of the most courageous decisions you'll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul." — Brigitte Nicole

7. Letting go is a sign of strength.

"Sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on." — Eckhart Tolle

8. Let what goes, go.

"Let what comes, come. Let what goes, go. Find out what remains." — Ramana Maharshi

9. You deserve closure.

"Closure happens right after you accept that letting go and moving on is more important than projecting a fantasy of how the relationship could have been." — Sylvester McNutt

10. Accept, don't expect.

"When you learn to accept instead of expect, you'll have fewer disappointments." — Unknown

11. It hurts more to hold on.

"It hurts to let go but sometimes it hurts more to hold on." — Unknown

12. It can be a slow process.

"And I began to let him go. Hour by hour. Days into months. It was a physical sensation, like letting out the string of a kite. Except that the string was coming from my center." — Augusten Burroughs


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13. You deserve so much more.

"Don't be afraid of losing someone who doesn't feel lucky to have you." — Unknown

14. Time does not heal your wounds if you don't let it.

"Time doesn't heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go." — Roy T. Bennett

15. Wait for what you deserve.

"Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve." — Unknown

16. Letting go does not mean you don't care.

"Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself." — Deborah Reber

17. Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever.

"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny." — Steve Maraboli

18. What's meant for you will come.

"Don't let the heart that didn't love you, keep you from the one that will." — Unknown

19. Yesterday is in the past.

"You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk." — Unknown

20. Focus on what's best for you.

"In the process of letting go, you will lost many things from the past, but you will find yourself." — Deepak Chopra

21. Make room for better things.

"When you let go, you're creating space for something better." — Unknown

22. Free yourself.

"Keep letting go of all of these things that hurt to hold on to...let it all fall through your fingers until you feel free." — butterflies rising

23. Acceptance is key.

"You can only move on if you accept that it's gone." the goddess rebellion

24. Live in the present.

"Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought it would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living." — Unknown

25. Allow yourself to heal.

"The key to restoration is letting go of ruin." — Unknown


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If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.


Mehruba Chowdhury is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.

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