• Lisa Edwards

25 Quotes on Forgiveness and Letting Go to Help You Move on and Enjoy Life Again.


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



Holding on to the past, the past hurts and pain, keeps us stuck in that moment. If we can find a way to forgive those who have done wrong by us and let it go, we can free ourselves and begin to move on to bigger and better times.


It’s hard, I know, but it is necessary for our own well-being. Forgiveness doesn’t condone the bad behaviour of others, it just means you are free from anger and resentment. Just ask yourself, how is you being angry and resentful punishing them? The chances are, your answer would be, it’s not. No, it’s punishing you, you are the one suffering, you suffered when they hurt you and if you haven’t managed to let it go then you are suffering again and again for something that is in the past.


If it’s yourself you have to forgive, just remind yourself that we all do what we think is right at the time, yes, sometimes we make bad choices, but punishing ourselves for something we cannot change is not going to put it right. Accept that you too are human, you make mistakes, you don’t always get it right. But if you forgive yourself for your errors you can take the lesson you have learned and put it to good use, knowing that you will make better choices in the future.


So whether it is yourself you have to forgive or someone else, forgive and let it go. You will feel freer, lighter, and ready to move on.


How do you let go? How do you forgive? For me, I just remind myself that people either didn’t mean to hurt me and are genuinely sorry or that they knew no better. People are like they are for a reason; it doesn’t excuse their behaviour, but it does explain it. This quote from Abraham Maslow sums it up for me:


2. When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem. – Abraham Maslow


3. When we don't forgive, we're not hurting the other person. We're not hurting the company that did us wrong. We are only hurting ourselves. – Joel Osteen


4. You really don't have to burn any bridges to let go… You don't have to destroy anything. You can just decide to cross over and move on. - Marta Mrotek


5. Once your negative emotions, beliefs and expectations have been processed and released, you're free to feel positive again. – Nick Ortner



6. 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


7. Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you. - Shannon L. Alder


8. If you don't leave your past in the past, it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer, not what yesterday has taken away. – unknown


9. Letting go may sound so simple, but rarely is it a one time thing. Just keep letting go, until one day it's gone for good. - Eleanor Brownn


10. There is a trick to a graceful exit. It begins with the vision to recognise when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over - and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying it's value. - Ellen Goodman




11. You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. - Mahatma Gandhi


12. You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. - Jan Glidewell


13. True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘thank you for that experience’ - Oprah Winfrey


14. The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did. - Faraaz Kazi


15. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. They prefer suffering that is familiar to the unknown. - Thich Nhat Hanh




16. The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realise that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. - Steve Maraboli


17. The best revenge is no revenge. Move on. Be happy. – Unknown


18. 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.


19. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. - Maya Angelou


20. Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realise the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. - Sarah Ban Breathnack




21. When we hate our enemies, we are giving them our power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health and our happiness. - Dale Carnegie


22. Unforgiveness is choosing to stay trapped in a jail cell of bitterness, serving time for someone else's crime. Unknown


23. Once you realise you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make. - Roy T Bennett


24. Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over. Nicole Sobon





25. Never ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday.







Remember, you are better than you think you are x

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