43 Quotes About Letting Go of the Past

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Sometimes our past is plagued with moments of hurt and regret. Finding a way to let go of the things we can no longer change will aid us in bettering our future. Here are some great quotes about letting go of the past that will offer you encouragement and inspiration.

“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put the past together again. So let’s remember: Don’t try to saw sawdust.”

“Bring the past only if you are going to build from it.”

“Change has to come for life to struggle forward.”

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

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go.”

“Hanging on to resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”

“I don’t regret difficulties I experienced; I think they helped me to become the person I am today. I feel the way a warrior must feel after years of training; he doesn’t remember the details of everything he learned, but he knows how to strike when the time is right.”

“I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now.”

“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”

“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.”

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.”

“If you believe that feeling bad will change a past event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.”

“If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.”

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

“It’s very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled the past, and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.”

“Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.”

“Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?”

“Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.”

“Never let the past spoil your present or govern your future.”

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

“Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.”

“Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.”

“Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly, it reminds us that we know that we could do better.”

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.”

“Sometimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on an event. Looking at the same event with fresh eyes.”

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

“Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.”

“The act of forgiveness is the act of returning to present time. And that’s why when one has become a forgiving person, and has managed to let go of the past, what they’ve really done is they’ve shifted their relationship with time.”

“The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.”

“The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.”

“The past does not equal the future unless you live there.”

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

“The past should be a learning experience not an everlasting punishment. What’s done is done.”

“The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.”

“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.”

“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday.”

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.”

“When lifes seems hopeless, rearrange things for a dose of dopeness.”

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

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

“You can only lose what you cling to.”

“You can victimize yourself by wallowing around in your own past.”

“You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better.”

Having the ability to let go will put yourself in a better position for the future.