100 Quotes About Moving Forward in Life And Moving On

Reading quotes about moving forward helps you move on and make positive changes after being hurt, let down, or failure.

We can’t escape hard times, because we need them to learn and grow.

Your past is like a fading shadow, but on a cloudy day, even your shadow abandons you. For when you rest on your laurels, you are holding on to a vanishing mist.

If you let your past haunt you, you are losing to a dying beast. Forget your past. If you learn from it, you can move forward. Face the future, and your past will stay behind you.

Your memories deceive you, what you remember might not even be true. Because when you live in the past, you are following an echo that comes back different every time. Your memories change, but the outcome is always the same.

Your subconscious mind will not prompt you to learn and grow if you are fighting the same hopeless battles or claiming the same assured victories.

You cannot thrive if your mind and body do not need to adapt to new ideas. The longest living people have learned this secret that your best moments are ahead of you if you let them be.

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Quotes About Moving Forward In Life

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

∼ Walt Whitman


“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

∼ Albert Einstein

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“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


“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.


“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”∼Victor Kiam


“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”

∼Alyson Noel


“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

∼Henry Ford
“Don’t look back you’re not going that way.” ∼ Anonymous
“If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling back.” ∼ Sam Waterson

“Just keep moving forward and don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”

∼Johnny Depp


It’s hard to follow my own act. But the only answer to that would be to give up after the Beatles. I only had two alternatives. Give up or carry on.

∼Paul McCartney


“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”

∼J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


“when you have something to do life will not allow you to move foward until you do it.”

∼Iyanla Vanzant, Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through


“Life moves on and so should we”∼Spencer Johnson


“Knowing what you don’t want is all you need to start the adventure of a lifetime.” ∼AJ Leon


“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.”

∼Denis Waitley


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

∼Martin Luther King Jr.


“Behind every successful woman is herself.” ∼Anonymous
“Faith is moving forward even when things don’t make sense, trusting that in hindsight everything will become clear.”

∼ Mandy Hale

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.”

∼ Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward”

∼Erika Taylor

“Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.”

∼Gordon B. Hinkley

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” ∼Conrad Hall

“Set your goal and keep moving forward.” ∼ Georges St-Pierre

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”

∼ Anonymous

“If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.” ∼ John Wooden

“Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” ∼Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Move forward with purpose.” ∼Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Do yourself a favor and don’t stay updated with those who you realized weren’t good for you. You don’t need to know how they’re doing.”

∼ Anonymous

“No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”

∼Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist


“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


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


“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”

∼ Oscar Wilde


“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Just take the next step.” ∼ Anonymous
“You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.” ∼Anonymous
“What good is living a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place.” ∼Anonymous
“The best career advice I’ve gotten is to stay focused, and to keep moving forward.”



“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

∼Walt Disney


“Even a rock moves on.”∼Anthony Liccione


“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” ∼Rainer Maria Rilke


“No matter how far down the wrong road you’ve gone, turn back.” ∼Turkish Proverb


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Quotes About Letting Go

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


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


“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”∼Deepak Chopra


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


“To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.”

∼Jack Kornfield


“You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever “the old” means for you.”

∼ Sarah Ban Breathnach


“There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.”

∼Jessica Hatchigan


“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 Lander


“Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to.”

∼Mandy Hale


“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”∼Raymond Lindquist

“Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.”

∼Shinjo Ito


“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”

∼Tao Te Ching


“If you love something, you have to let it go.”∼Unknown


“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.”∼Ralph Marston


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


“Holding on to weight (i.e. anger, bitterness, the past, hatred) will not only hold you back, but also block your blessings. You’ve got to let some things go to move forward.”

∼Yvonne Pierre,The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir


“1. You must let the pain visit.
2. You must allow it teach you
3. You must not allow it overstay.(Three routes to healing)”

∼Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Questions for Ada


“As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”

∼Sarah Jessica Parker


“There’s only one place I want to go and it’s to all the places I’ve never been.”

∼Nikki Rowe



If I could have had
I could have let

But without
the having
there was
so to the nothing

∼Coco J. Ginger


“Some think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it’s letting go.” ∼Herman Hesse


“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


“You can only lose what you cling to.”∼Buddha


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


“You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.” ∼Anonymous


“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” ∼Paulo Coelho


“When you let go, you are truly free.”∼Unknown


“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”

∼Rita Schiano


“You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.”

∼Guy Finley


“Oh yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.”

∼Rafiki, the Lion King


Quotes About The Future

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

∼Joseph Campbell


“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

∼Lyndon B. Johnson


“Study the past if you would define the future.” ∼Confucius


“I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.” ∼Mike Rowe


“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” ∼Mary Pickford


“What is coming is better than what is gone.” ∼Arabic Proverb


“Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined.”



“Don’t worry about people in your past. There’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future.”



“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.” ∼Anonymous


“I can’t take back the past, but I can fight for the future.”

∼Shannon A. Thompson,Death Before Daylight


“Do not let the shadows of your past darken the doorstep of your future.” ∼Anonymous


“Be loyal to your future, not your past.” ∼Anonymous


“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”

∼Daphne Rose Kingma


“All the flowers of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”

∼ Indian Proverb


“Forget your past. On a cloudy day, even your shadow abandons you.” ~ageless investing

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Quotes About Change

“Change has to come for life to struggle forward.”∼Helen Hollick


“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” ∼Dalai Lama


“You’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.”∼Tori Amos

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“Life is about moving on, accepting changes and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.”



“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

∼Lao Tzu


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ∼Lao Tzu


“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ∼Fred Rogers


“A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath.”

∼Anthony Liccione


“It’s a breakup cause it’s broken.” ∼Anonymous


“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” ∼Anonymous


“Making a big life change can be scary but living with regret is always scarier.”



“As I look back on my life, I realized that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”



“Maybe we tried to leave as much memories of ourselves with each other because we knew one day we wouldn’t be together any more.”

∼Makoto Shinkai, 5 Centimeters per Second


“Because if you take a risk, you just might find what you’re looking for.”

∼Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

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“It’s time to write a new story” ~anonymous


“I saw my earlier selves as different people, acquaintances I had outgrown. I wondered how I could ever have been some of them.”

∼Roger Zelazny,The Courts of Chaos


“I am going into an unknown future, but I’m still all here, and still while there’s life, there’s hope.”

∼John Lennon


“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ∼Marilyn Monroe


“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” ∼Anonymous


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Dandelion in the wind

Quotes About Forgiveness

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you.” ∼Anonymous


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

∼Steve Maraboli


“Forgiveness means letting go of the past.”∼Gerald Jampolsky


“Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.”∼Anonymous


“A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.” ∼Aristotle

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“Let’s realize that criticisms are like homing pigeons. They always return home.”

∼Dale Carnegie

Bible Verses About Moving Forward

The next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. Mathew 25:41


Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. Isaiah 43:18


But if you do not forgive others their sins, your father will not forgive your sins. Mathew 6:15


Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62


Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25


Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” John 5:8


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

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One Step At A Time

You cannot see every step you need to take to reach your goals. There is a reason for this. If you could see everything, you would see all the obstacles. If you could see what you will be facing ten steps ahead, you would feel hopeless. We are given one moment at a time because we are meant to focus on one step at a time. If you could see the challenges that lie ahead, you would do everything to avoid them.

We do not choose our tests. They are given to us. We would never take them otherwise, and we would never grow.



Learn or Repeat

Everything has a purpose, even if we can’t see it. Learn from your tests or repeat them again and again.

We can avoid many of life’s harsh lessons by being humble. When we are humble, we can often see our mistakes before they happen.

Keep an open mind and remember that we can learn something from everyone. Learn from other people’s victories and mistakes. If you want to live a long and fulfilling life, learn from those who have already been there. Listen to their wisdom, because they have already passed all of life’s tests. The longest living people are resilient, and they can adapt to anything.


What are your favorite quotes about moving forward or moving on in life?



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