There are times when when all of us are faced with hardship in life and while it’s easy, we can come out stronger than ever. Life is not always sunny and showers will eventually come.

If you need help moving on from a challenge in your life, I’ve listed more than 159 quotes to inspire you to move on with confidence and even a smile on your face.

Moving On Quotes

  • “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “Here’s to the Future, because I’m done with the Past.” – Unknown
  • “Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.” – Unknown
  • “The past always looks better than it was because it isn’t here.” – Finley Peter Dunne
  • “Let every day be the first day of the rest of your life.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “The great courageous act that we must all do is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.” – Unknown
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Ana’s Nin

“Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine

  • “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” – Drew Gerald
  • “Anything you can’t control is teaching you to how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard
  • “When you let go you create space for something better.” – Unknown
  • “Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go.” – Unknown
  • “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami
  • “I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.” – Ned Vizzini
  • “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown
  • “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J. M. Barrie
  • “Life moves on and so should we.” – Spencer Johnson
  • “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.” – Jojo Moyes
  • “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” – Billy Idol
  • “There’s no time for regrets. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.” – Mike McCready
  • “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” – Richard Branson

Ever feel like this?

Smiling and Moving On Quotes

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” – Bob Newhart
  • “Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free … your true self will come out.” – Tina Turner
  • “Smile it takes every little wrinkle away. Smile as if you are all good to go. Smile as if you did not shed tears yesterday. Smile it takes everything away for a moment.” – Unknown
  • “You smile when you feel like crying, you act like you’re okay, when you’re falling apart inside and you let it go. You move on, because there’s nothing else you can do.” – Unknown

“Sometimes the best revenge is to smile, move on and do nothing.” – Unknown

  • “Head up, stay strong. Fake a smile, move on.” – Unknown
  • “”When life takes me to a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.” – Andrea Thompson
  • “Smile and keep moving, everything will be fine.” – Unknown
  • “I’m sad, hurt, angry, mad, and disappointed. But you know what? I’ll put on a smile and move on. It will hurt, but I will survive.” – Unknown
  • “Life never stops moving forward. Stay focused and never slow down because of regrets. Smile, forgive, forget and move on.” – Unknown
  • “Sometimes all you can do is smile. Move on with your day, hold back the tears and pretend you’re okay.” – Unknown
  • “Keep calm and smile and move on.” – Unknown

Moving On Quotes About Relationships

  • “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” – C. JoyBell
  • “Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant ato be in your life, they’ll catch up.” – Mandy Hale
  • “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “What’s the point of pointing the finger, other than to stall your own progress of moving on?” – Lisa Steadman
  • “Every exit is an entry somewhere.” – Tom Stoppard

“It’s true that we don’t know what we got until we lost it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.” – Unknown

  • “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.” – Unknown
  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Proverb
  • “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t leave without but have to let go.” – Unknown
  • “I felt an inner peace and softness. My Berlin Wall had been cracked; the toxic relationship between me and that critical voice had been severed.” – Penny De Villiers
  • “When the world is at your back, and your heart is at your feet … the best way to go on is to just “be”.” – Jennifer Varnadore
  • “Happiness doesn’t have just one address.” – Unknown
  • “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho 

Moving On Quotes For Men

  • “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bern Williams
  • “A bend in the road is not the end of the road – unless you fail to make the turn.” – Unknown
  • “ People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” – Bill Cosby
  • “Life is about making the right decisions and moving on.” –Josh Rayburn
  • “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

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  • “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha
  • “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown
  • “You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in the future.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Cherokee Indian Proverb
  • “Another sunrise, another new beginning.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
  • “A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in.” – West African Proverb
  • “It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.”- Steve Maraboli

Emotional after a breakup.

Moving On Quotes For Women

  • “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Elliot
  • “Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.” – Katerina Stoykova Klemer
  • “Life only demands from you the strength you possess.” – Dag Hammarskjold
  • “To be able to move on, one has to learn to forgive not only the person (or people) who have done one wrong but also oneself. – “ Eugenia Tripputi
  • “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran
  • “Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  • “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown
  • “Forgiveness and letting go are steps on our road back to happiness.” – Tina Dayton
  • “I won’t let the sun go down on Me.” – Nik Kershaw
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
  • “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “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 that keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia
  • “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” – Tori Amos
  • “She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.” – Markus Zusak

Moving On After Breakup Quotes

  • “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, l don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen
  • “Letting go doesn’t mean you that don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” – Deborah Reber
  • “ Some things are just never meant to be, no matter how much we wish they were.” – Unknown
  • “Often the thought of pain is actually worse than the pain itself.” – Greg Behrendt
  • “Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite that fear.” – Pat Riley

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Colombus

  • “By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy.” – Eugenia Tripputi
  • “The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” – Nicole Sobon
  • “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis
  • “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book, or simply close it.”- Shannon L. Alder
  • “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
  • “You can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.” – Faraaz Kazi

Moving Forward Quotes

  • “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. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” – Mary Manin Morrissey
  • “I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but to move forward.” – Fridtjof Nansen
  • “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
  • “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J. P. Morgan
  • “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
  • “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.” – Byrd Baggett
  • “If you’ve fallen down, today is the day you can get back up and try again.” – Amelie Chance
  • “We can not become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow. Let it be a small beginning – a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today – every day.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee
  • “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point to move forward.” – Unknown

A woman who is tired of all the hardships in her life.

Moving On Quotes for Work

  • “Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” – Anne Sullivan
  • “I gather strength from life’s storms.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass – It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

  • “ Fall down 7 times. Stand up 8.” – Chinese Proverb
  • “Self-pity is our best enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” – Hellen Keller
  • “Goals give you more than a reason to wake up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day.” – Harvey Mackay
  • “”I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J. B. Priestley
  • “When one door closes, another one opens; but we often look so long and so regretful upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  • “The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.” – Unknown
  • “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.” – Donald Trump

Moving On Takes Time Quotes

  • “When you start to abandon your old beliefs or values – you may be stuck at the threshold for two or three years. Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.” – Dick Raymond
  • “Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.” – Pascal
  • “Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” – Og Mandino
  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “If you bury the pain deep down it will stay with you indefinitely, but if you open yourself to it, experience it, and deal with it head-on, you’ll find it begins to move on after a while.” – Greg Behrendt

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  • “Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.” – Wayne L. Misner
  • “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened … or you could just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f_ _ _ on.” – Tupac Shakur
  • “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen
  • “I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.” – Beryl Markham
  • “It was strange, really. A couple of months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” – Gabrielle Zevin

Beaten down emotionally.

Moving On Captions

  • I know that my tomorrows will be as beautiful as today’s sunrise. At last, I have moved on.
  • Can this ice cream heal my broken heart? It should. I want to forgive and forget and move on.
  • I have to let this rain wash away my tears. Moving on is not easy but I should.
  • Being alone is not being lonely. I am happy now. I know I have moved on.
  • All of what happened will only be mere memories. I will face my future with the strength God gave me.
  • I’ve cried a river. And that’s enough.
  • Work to live or live to work? I am through all the hurt, and will soon start another job. Thankfully.
  • Letting the wind blow my hair … Nice to be free and just be myself.
  • Looking back to yesterday makes me realize that I can be a better person.
  • Smiling outside but hurting inside? No! I have moved on!
  • Break-ups teach people to be strong. I’m sure I’m stronger now.
  • Going to my new job where I hopefully will grow as a person.
  • Moments wasted are moments that have to be forgotten. Forget, forgive and move on.
  • When you have just put an end to your 8-year relationship but feel so happy!
  • Am ready to face this new chapter of my life …
  • I really feel so motivated in my new work.
  • For a better tomorrow, forget your ugly past!
  • Sure way to move on? Fill your tummy with good food and drinks!
  • This is my new life. Far different from the one I used to have, but definitely a lot better!
  • So lucky to be a part of this company where people are considered precious resources. So different from where I was before.

Keep On Moving Slogans

  • Wake Up, Move On, Today’s Waiting For You
  • Happy Moments Only A Few Steps Away
  • Let Tomorrow Pull You To A Better Place
  • Past Is Past; Look Forward To Tomorrow
  • Be Strong To Forgive & Forget; Move On
  • Throw Yesterday Away To Give Space To Today
  • Reach Out & Move On
  • Forget The Pain & Be Happy Again
  • Move On With That Beautiful Smile
  • Find Treasures In New People & Places
  • Change Can Give You Inner Peace

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  • Want Peace? Go For Change. Move On.
  • Goodbyes And Heartaches Do Not Always Go Together
  • Shake The Past Off Your Shoulders
  • Be Motivated By New Beginnings
  • Inspiration In A Fresh Start
  • Looking Forward To This Day
  • Get Over The Past Now
  • Just Learn From The Past & Move On
  • Move On & Change For The Better
  • Go To A Place Where Dreams Happen
  • Say Goodbye To Say Hello
  • Move On For A Better Future
  • Discover A New & Better You
  • Welcome Change, Welcome A Better You

If you’re in a tough spot in life, it’s okay. We all get down and face challenges. But don’t stay in this negative place for long. Use these quotes and captions to pick yourself back up.

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