80 Quotes on Letting Go of Old Friends, Memories & Past

Are you holding on to relationships that have outlived their usefulness? Do you find it hard to let go of friends from your past, even though they’re no longer a part of your life? If so, you’re not alone. But eventually, you have to learn to let go and move on. Here are some quotes about letting go of old friends and moving on.

Quotes About Letting Go of Old Friends And Moving On

1. “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” — Roy T. Bennett

2. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.” — Kahlil Gibran

3. “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

4. “If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” — Roy T. Bennett

5. “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” — Haruki Murakami

6. “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

7. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

Letting Go of Old Friends Quotes

8. “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

9. “Was it hard?” I ask. Letting go?” Not as hard as holding on to something that wasn’t real.” — Lisa Schroeder

10. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” — C. JoyBell C.

11. “We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

12. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” — Steve Maraboli

13. “Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.” — Roy T. Bennett

14. “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

15. “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

16. “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” — Jack Kornfield

17. “Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.” — Melissa Marr

18. “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” — Steve Maraboli

19. “I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.” — Lauren Oliver

20. “There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I’m too tough for him ,I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody see you.” — Charles Bukowski

21. “Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” — Maxim Gorky

22. “Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.” — Sue Grafton

23. “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 Landers

24. “Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go To heal my heart and drown my woe Rain may fall, and wind may blow And many miles be still to go But under a tall tree will I lie And let the clouds go sailing by” — J.R.R. Tolkien

25. “Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make.” — Roy T. Bennett

26. “Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.” — C. JoyBell C.

27. “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” — C. JoyBell C.

Letting Go of Old Friends Quotes

28. “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” — Shannon L. Alder

29. “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” — Nicole Sobon

30. “Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.” — Roy T. Bennett

31. “So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!” — Jonathan Safran Foer

32. “There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.” — Kate DiCamillo

33. “Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” — Ray Bradbury

34. “Wherever you will go, I will let you down, But this lullaby goes on.” — Sarah Dessen

35. “I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.” — Chuck Palahniuk

36. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” — Steve Maraboli

37. “If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

38. “I’m sorry for my inability to let unimportant things go, for my inability to hold on to the important things.” — Jonathan Safran Foer

39. “I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.” — Lauren Oliver

40. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

41. “One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

42. “Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” — David Foster Wallace

43. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” — Rumi

44. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go” — Herman Hesse

45. “There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.” — Elizabeth Berg

46. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” — Shannon L. Alder

47. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Letting Go of Old Friends Quotes

48. “There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.” — David Levithan

49. “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” — Terry Pratchett

50. “Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.” — Mitch Albom

51. “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.” — Yann Martel

52. “It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.” — Steve Maraboli

53. “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” — Steve Maraboli

54. “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” — Dan Brown

55. “I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.” — Gayle Forman

56. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” — Eckhart Tolle

57. “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” — Mandy Hale

58. “Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.” — Renee Ahdieh

59. “I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — Erin Morgenstern

60. “What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real.” — Miranda July

61. “If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.” — Sarah Dessen

62. “In the end you can’t always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go.” — Ally Condie

63. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ” — Oprah Winfrey

64. “When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?” — Shannon L. Alder

65. “Even on my weakest days I get a little bit stronger” — Sara Evans

66. “If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn’t it never was” — Albert Schweitzer

67. “Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open.” — Gayle Forman

Letting Go of Old Friends Quotes

68. “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

69. “Giving up doesn’t always mean your weak sometimes your just strong enough to let go” — taylor swift

70. “We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

71. “When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.” — Colleen Hoover

72. “So I placed my heart under lock and key To take some time, and take care of me But I turn around and you’re standing here” — Deborah Cox

73. “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward” — Fridtjof Nansen

74. “The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.” — C. JoyBell C.

75. “Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.” — Grace Paley

76. “When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

77. “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” — Steve Maraboli

78. “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” — Lois Lowry

79. “It’s okay. Everything’s going to be okay. You can let go of the sword.” “I can’t. I can’t leave him alone. I have to protect him.” “You have.” — Richelle Mead

80. “You asked why I couldn’t forgive you,” Nick said, very quietly, and I jumped a little. “It was because you were the love of my life, Harper. And you didn’t want to be. That’s hard to let go.” — Kristan Higgins

That wraps up our list of Quotes on Letting Go of Old Friends, Memories & Past. Hope you enjoyed reading it.