25 Heart Warming Quotes on Letting Go of the Past

let go of resentment positive provocationsOur pasts are NOT etched in stone and need not weigh so heavily on our life. But that’s exactly how we live. We live with heavy stones of our pasts around our neck, which do not allow us to LIVE. I would much rather think of our painful past memories as writing on the sands of time, that can be wiped clean with a wave of love and positivity.

We all deserve to let go of our painful pasts and live our life to the fullest. In the present moment we can create beautiful memories that can become our new happier memories for the future to come. 

I am so happy to inform you that the Healing through Forgiveness Series(Click here to read Part 1 & Part 2) has been receiving so much love from all the readers from across the age spectrum. The countless emails and messages show me that healing is possible, should we simply choose to take that first step.

Below are some of my favorite quotes, that will empower and inspire you to take those first steps towards healing from your painful pasts.

25 Heart Warming Quotes on Letting Go of the Past

1} “When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all.” ~ Gerald G. Jampolsky

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

3} “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” ~ Valery Satterwhite

4} “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.” ~ Steve Maraboli

5} “If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” ~ C. Joybell C.

6} “Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

7} “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.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

8} “Hanging on to resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” ~ Ann Landers

9} “Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival.” ~ Osho

10} “I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now.” ~ Sue Augustine

11} “What’s done is done.” ~ Hilliard MacBeth

12} “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?” ~ Leo Buscaglia

13} “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.” ~ Caroline Myss

14} “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.” ~ Paolo Coelho

15} “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

16} “The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” ~ Barbara De Angelis

17} “I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me . . .” ~ Deepak Chopra

18} “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.” ~ Dale Carnegie

19} “Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.” ~ T.S. Eliot

20} “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” ~ Denis Waitley

21} “You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better.” ~ Maya Angelou

22} “Your past history and all of your hurts are no longer here in your physical reality. Don’t allow them to be here in your mind, muddying your present moments. Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much longer. But all are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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

24} “The past has no power over the present moment.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

25} “Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” ~ Robin Sharma

I hope my favorite quotes inspired you to let go of the painful past or atleast make a start in that direction.

Slow and steady darlings!

In the comments below, share YOUR favorite quotes/thoughts/sayings that have inspired you to take positive healing steps in your life. I would love to learn from you 🙂

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14 thoughts on “25 Heart Warming Quotes on Letting Go of the Past

  1. Ellen Bard

    A great collection Zeenat. I like 18 especially – you can’t saw sawdust! Very visual metaphor 🙂

  2. I love these quotes! Just yesterday, I was searching out quotes on letting go, and here you have 25 awesome ones! Thank you, Beautiful Zeenat!

  3. As a ‘Quotie’ Zeenat these are spectacular. And one really touched my heart today
    “I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ~ Jeffrey McDaniel
    Of course I’m a genuine old fashioned tree-hugger. 🙂

  4. raviroshanjaiswal

    Hi Zinnat,
    Nice to meet you here.. 🙂

    Wow…excellent collection of heart warming quotes, really like most these quotes. Each and every quotes are more important for me. I just can’t hold myself reading all the quotes, you know.

    It will be better when people start analyzing the all the quotes but they read and leave it, you know.

    Really great inspirational quote and I can’t forget these all quotes. I have just bookmarked your page.

    Thanks for sharing such an inspirational article.. 🙂
    Have a great week ahead.. 🙂

    – Ravi.

  5. Great collection of quotes! I especially like # 13} “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.” ~ Caroline Myss – One of my favorite teacher. Thanks Zeenat

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