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Quotes about Moving Forward

Updated on December 4, 2014

What do we mean by 'moving forward', 'moving on' or 'letting go'?

The term 'moving forward' usually refers to the process of leaving behind a current or past event and taking the steps forward without this past clinging to your feet as you move forward. This article contains a collection of quotes about moving forward in life.

Depending on your own personal circumstances, 'moving forward' may be in the context of different life events: the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, a lost opportunity, a traumatic event. Regardless of what event you have experienced be assured that the resultant emotions which stop us all letting go of the past and moving forward are shared by all.

How can I move forward?

The process involved in successfully leaving behind a past event and moving forward is different in each scenario. You may need to forgive someone, delete those test messages that tie you to a past relationship or take the first step to leave the past behind. Moving on does not have to mean forgetting. Moving forward simply means freeing yourself from the past.

Below is a collection of quotes about moving forward from individuals from all walks of life. Sometimes we need to hear a piece of advice or wisdom a hundred times before we ever really start to listen to it. Why not write down some inspirational quotes of your choosing on pieces of paper and keep them in places where you will see them everyday: a mirror, car dashboard, fridge or by your bed. You truly deserve to move forward in your life.

Quotes about Moving Forward (part 1)

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 that has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

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

I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on. ~ Stephen Sondheim

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~ Paul Boese

I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward. ~ Fridtjof Nansen

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

I decided not to let my past rule my future so I decided to change my present in order to open up my future. ~ Dr. Ana M Guzman

Don't let things that could have been, get in the way of things that still can be. ~ Elder Maxwell

I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you've done.~ Robert Downey Jr.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy

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Quotes about Moving Forward (part 2)

To be able to move on, one has to learn to forgive not only the person (or people) who have done one wrong but also oneself. ~ Eugenia Tripputi

We cannot change our memories, but we can change their meaning and the power they have over us. ~ David Seamands

Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent. ~ Krishnamurti

You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won't happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, 'I don't care how hard this is, I don't care how disappointed I am, I'm not going to let this get the best of me. I'm moving on with my life. ~ Joel Osteen

What's past is prologue, and the world awaits. ~ Lisa Mantchev

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu

You are responsible for your life. You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. ~ Oprah Winfrey

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Quotes about Moving On and Forward (part 3)

Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart. ~ Beverley Mitchell

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. ~ Alan Cohen

Sometimes the cards we are dealt are not always fair. However you must keep smiling and moving on. ~ Tom Jackson

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go? ~ Buddha

Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go. ~ Kate Winslet

There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over - and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value. ~ Ellen Goodman

By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy. ~ Eugenia Tripputi

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror. ~ Byrd Baggett

I'm always moving forward. ~ Debbie Allen

Stand up and walk out of your history. ~ Phil McGraw

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss

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

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~ Raymond Lindquist

By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy. ~ Eugenia Tripputi

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Quotes about Moving Forward (part 4)

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ~ Steve Maraboli

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. ~ Herman Hesse

Don't wait. If it's not right, move on. ~ Andy Lau

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. ~ Tim McGraw

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go! ~ A. A. Milne

What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly. ~ Lao Tzu

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don't waste today regretting yesterday instead of making a memory for tomorrow. ~ Laura Palmer

I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived. ~ Margaret Mitchell

Quotes about Moving Forward (part 5)

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. ~ Victor Kiam

My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward. ~ Kenny Loggins

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ E.M. Forster

Don't lose yourself in attempt to hold on to someone who doesn't care about losing you. ~ Darkskin

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~ Havelock Ellis

A stop sign is a gift for you to learn that moving in the same direction won't take you any place new. ~ Rex Steven Sikes

Just remember, when you think all is lost, the future remains. ~ Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. ~ Denis Waitley

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How do I use these quotes about moving forward to empower myself in the process of moving on?

Most people finish reading a list of quotes such as the one above and are left with a feeling of empowerment. To know other have gone before us and experienced the same struggles and, more importantly overcome them, gives us fuel to make positive steps to move forward and leave behind our past. We are not alone.

The key is to learn how to trigger these feelings of empowerment on a daily basis in order that to keep up the momentum to leave behind the past which is weighing you down. In order to do this, it is beneficial to write out the quotes which really 'click' with you. Physically write them out on pieces of paper. It's not enough to save a page of quotes on your computer and expect yourself to go looking for them when you are having a difficult day. Place these pieces of paper in locations which you frequent during your day - on doors, the fridge, bathroom mirrors and even in your car. The more frequently we experience the emotion of empowerment, the more we learn to use these emotions to help us to regain control of lives.

Your time is now. You deserve to live in the present. Step out of the past.

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      5 years ago

      Hi there - I've been a fan of Ralph Marston's Daily Motivator site for a very long time ( I even have the app installed on my iphone. Much of the time his messages mirror what you're writing about: It's good stuff. Thanks for making this lens.

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      5 years ago

      Very inspiring quotes.

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      5 years ago

      I really like what you have done here, the quotes are inspiring. You will touch so many lives with this lens.

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      5 years ago

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      Thanks for this inspiring lens.

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      5 years ago

      Very nicely selected and presented quotes.

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      I loved reading these quotes and the message. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      @sheriangell: Thanks so much for the blessing (and the motivational quote)!

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      5 years ago

      Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. ~ Denis Waitley

      Loved that one! I am a quotes junkie and love visiting other great quotes lenses. This is one of them. Squid Angel blessed today!

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      6 years ago from US

      Yay! I love quotes ;) This an inspiring page!

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      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      a thought provoking read. thanks

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      6 years ago

      Thank-you for this inspirational and loving page on how to let go and move on.

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      6 years ago

      great quotes! thanks for creating this lens

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens and great quotes!

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      6 years ago

      Good advice and quotes are inspiring. Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: What an empowering comment! Thanks for the welcome.

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      6 years ago

      I love these quotes. Good lens :) I look forward to what else you create.

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      6 years ago

      Lovely lens-I love your name-brillant

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens and welcome to squidoo! Thanks for sharing these quotes, I'm sure they are going to be very helpful.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The fact of the matter is that unless it is over it ain't over! i.e. if you are alive you still have a future so get on with making it the best you can! You can never change what you did yesterday or even just a second ago, but you may be able to move on and make it better again. Grat lens and lots of great quotess. Thank you and welcome.

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      6 years ago from Johanesburg

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful information .Welcome to squidoo

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      Thanks for this.

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      6 years ago

      @Rangoon House: What a fabulous empowering quote - thank you!

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      6 years ago from Australia

      This one is succinct - "Stand up and walk out of your history." ~ Phil McGraw. I like it, but would never want to walk out of all my history. The other quotations are inspiring and motivating as well. Thank you.


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