Have you ever held on to something so tightly that the longer you tried to hang on, the faster it slipped away? Sometimes, life is like that.
You love something, or someone, so much you strangle it to death. And when you finally let go, you look back and wonder why you held on so long.
Deciding to let go is a difficult choice. You weigh the pros and cons knowing, in the end, you must open your arms and release the things you love.
Let go. Open your hands, mind, and heart to the gifts that await you. Release the fear. Claim the glory that is yours. Gain by letting go.
Let go of the past. Embrace the present. The future will take care of itself.
60 Quotes to Inspire You to Gain by Letting Go
Your hands are only so big...If you’re carrying too much stuff, you might not be able to pick up something new that your life offers you. ~ Peter Walsh
The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself. ~ Bill Murray
If we amplify everything we hear nothing. ~ Jon Stewart
Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. ~ Joyce Meyer
We make ourselves miserable by first closing ourselves off from reality and then collecting this and that in an attempt to make ourselves happy by possessing happiness. But happiness is not something I have, it is something I myself want to be. ~ Roger J. Corless
That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity. ~ Ricky Gervais
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. ~ Stephen Colbert
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. ~ Lao Tzu
Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. ~ Dale Carnegie
Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. ~ Daphne Rose Kingma
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell
It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you. ~ Iyanla Vanzant
If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. ~ Anthon St. Maarten
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. ~ Charlotte Brontë
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. ~ Joseph Addison
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~ Henry Havelock Ellis
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depends upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance—and so quit a certainty for an uncertainty. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
My enemies have trampled on my heart. I pity and forgive them! ~ Simón Bolívar
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all. ~ Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Look not mournfully into the past—it comes not back again; wisely improve the present—it is thine; go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear, and with a manly heart. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The present is a point to which but little thought appertains, while the mind hovers backwards and forwards between the past and the future, expending the store of its regrets upon the one, and wasting all its wishes upon the other. ~ John Angell James
Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and powers. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To forgive our enemies, yet hope that God will punish them, is not to forgive enough. ~ Thomas Browne
It is a folly to waste one’s time and thoughts in framing wishes; it is the best to set about doing the best you can. ~ Richard Whately
Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire. ~ Thomas Fuller
Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. ~ Stephen King
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
We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. ~ C. JoyBell C.
I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. ~ Jeffrey McDaniel
I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward. ~ Fridtjof Nansen
We cannot wish for what we know not. ~ Voltaire
Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit. ~ Shannon L. Alder
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. ~ Steve Maraboli
If you want to fly in the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down. ~ Amit Ray
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 Landers
Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
...we’ll all go on, whatever comes. Sometimes you have to stop trying to control everything and let life happen the way it’s supposed to…Even if it’s not exactly the way you wanted… But what if it’s not even a little like you wanted?... Then you deal with it and keep going. ~ Cynthia Lord
All that sadness. All that anger. It is the smoke that gets into your eyes. If you do not blow it away, how can you hope to see? ~ Anthony Horowitz
In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. ~ Deepak Chopra
Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for. ~ Mandy Hale
...let go of thinking ‘I can only be happy if...’ and find a way to carry your happiness inside you. We’re all more than where we come from. ~ Cynthia Lord
Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting. ~ Jack Kornfield
The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. ~ Tony Schwartz
Whatever comes let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go. ~ H. W. L. Poonja
...[I]f we obsess about an outcome, we cannot possibly honour the present moment. ~ Christopher Dines
...if we do not soon begin to move forward again, we will inevitably be left behind. ~ John F. Kennedy
To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. ~ Jack Kornfield
You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want, while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go...and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet. ~ Steve Maraboli
Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. ~ Rachel Brathen
The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep. ~ Chuang Tzu
Quitting is not giving up, it’s choosing to focus your attention on something more important. Quitting is not losing confidence, it’s realizing that there are more valuable ways you can spend your time. Quitting is not making excuses, it’s learning to be more productive, efficient and effective instead. Quitting is letting go of things (or people) that are sucking the life out of you so you can do more things that will bring you strength. ~ Osayi Osar-Emokpae
Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. ~ Shannon L. Alder
The sooner we heal our traumas, the sooner we liberate ourselves from the people who hurt us. By hating them, we hold onto them. We cannot heal. ~ Vironika Tugaleva
Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well. ~ Germany Kent
Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the now. All of this is yours, yet none of it is...Everything is fleeting. ~ Rachel Brathen
The way to live a happy beautiful life is to accept whatever comes and not care about what does not come. ~ H. W. L. Poonja
Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. ~ C. JoyBell C.
Life should be touched, not strangled. ~ Ray Bradbury