50 Quotes About Moving On and Never Looking Back

Quotes About Moving On

How many times have you told someone how bad someone hurt you and they said: “forget about the past and get on with your life.”

Is it even possible to forget something that hurts so badly? 

Your brain is wired to learn from errors and correct you accordingly.

If you try a new drink, and it tastes horrible, your brain records this information. If your brain encounters a cue (a sound, image, taste, smell or anything that reminds your brain of something), the brain retrieves the information and reminds you of how awful the drink tasted.

Robert Cialdini, in his book: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, explains how these cues could be misdirected. (If you are yet to buy, this book, I encourage you to purchase a copy immediately, here is a summary of the book.)

For example, if I pour the sour drink into a different container, perhaps in a can of your favorite soda brand and I offer you that can of sour drink, it could fool your brain. Unless, of course, your brain retrieves the cues through smell.

You are not wired to forget. However, you must learn to let things go and move on with your life. You must learn some coping mechanisms and never let your past become an anchor.

Quotes About Moving On

It is time to leave the bad job behind, the past relationships, the bullies, the toxic friends, and anything that does not allow you become a better version of yourself.

Moving On Quotes

These are top quotes about moving on from people who have been hurt more times than we can count. The message is simple, let it go!

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus


“Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future”. – Hippocrates of Cos


“Forget the past.” – Nelson Mandela


“God’ll get you for that” – Maude


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus


“You turned your back on tomorrow because you forgot yesterday” – Maroon 5


“Change means the unknown.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.” ― Justin Timberlake


“Don’t look back.  Something may be gaining on you.”  – Satchel Paige


“Don’t tie your heart to a person that has nothing left to offer you. Let it go. It might hurt for a while, but when you get over it, you’ll see that its better.” ― Orebela Gbenga


“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, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile


“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but forward.”  – Firdtjof Nansen


“I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change…I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…”  – Erica Jong


“I thought when love for you died, I should die. It’s dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.” – Rupert Brooke


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  – Winston Churchill


“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” ― Nicholas Sparks


“It is necessary, and even vital, to set standards for your life and the people you allow in it.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.” ― Wayne L. Misner


“Let the past drift away with the water.”  – Japanese saying


“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


“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein“You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey


“Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer


“Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine


“Never let yesterday use up today.”  – Richard H. Nelson


“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” – Brendan Francis


“Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.”  – Sholem Asch


“One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”  – Niccolo Machiavelli


“One must be thrust out of a finished cycle in life, and that leap is the most difficult to make – to part with one’s faith, one’s love, when one would prefer to renew the faith and recreate the passion.”  – Anais Nin


“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it is good only for wallowing.”  – Katherine Mansfield


“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.”  – Jean de La Fontaine


“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, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” ― Dan Brown, Deception Point


“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey


“There is a time for departure, even when there is no certain place to go.”  –  Tennessee William


“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” – Harry Crews


“There’s only one thing more painful than than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.” – Archibald MacLeish


“Tis better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson


“To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard.  If one changes internally one should not continue to live with the same objects.  They reflect one’s mind and psyche of yesterday.  I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”  – Anais Nin


“Toxic people will pollute everything around them. Don’t hesitate. Fumigate.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“True strength is knowing that you don’t have to be strong every single second of the day.”― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“What’s past is prologue, and the world awaits.” ― Lisa Mantchev, Eyes Like Stars


“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”  – Lao Tzu


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”  – Helen Keller


“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson


“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” ― Tupac Shakur


“You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really FEEL the loss.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass


“You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.” ― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls


“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.


The worst thing you can do is to try to cling to something that’s gone, or to recreate it.”  – Johnette Napolitano

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