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Moving On, Letting Go, and Moving Forward – Truly Motivational Quotes

This is a collection of great quotes about moving on in life, letting go of the past, and moving forwards to success and inner happiness.

It is remarkable that the quest for moving on is not just a recent development, and there are plenty of ancient sayings just as relevant in today’s society as current statements.

The quotes are sorted in chronological order by birth year of the author.

Hold on to them, play with them in your mind, and use them when you need inspiration and strength.

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

Lao Tzu

(6th century BC, Chinese philosopher)

Moving On Quote: Life is like riding a bicycle - To keep your balance you must keep moving - Albert Einstein

I never see
what has been done;
I only see
what remains to be done.


(c. 400/500 BC, sage from the ancient Shakya republic)

Declare the past,
diagnose the present,
foretell the future.

Hippocrates of Cos

(c.460 – c.370 BC, Greek physician)

Cowards die many times
before their actual deaths.

Gaius Julius Caesar

(c.140 – 85 BC, Roman senator,
and father of Julius Caesar)

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


(55 – 135, Greek sage, and philosopher)

It is not death
that a man should fear,
but he should fear
never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius

(121 – 180, Roman Emperor)

It is not enough
just to wish well;
we must also do well.

Saint Ambrose

(c.340 – 397, archbishop of Milan)

The price of inaction
is far greater
than the cost
of making a mistake.

Meister Eckhart

(1260 – 1327, German theologian and philosopher)

Happiness is not
something ready made.
It comes
from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

(1357 – 1419, high lama of Tibetan Buddhism)

Every failure
is a step to success.

William Whewell

(1794 – 1866, English polymath,
scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher,
theologian, and historian of science)

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