20 Quotes on Letting Go

One of the things I have struggled a bit with in life is letting go or maybe it is more letting be. Whatever we call it, I have found it a painful yet necessary part of life. However, as I became more aware of the different things I was holding on to and practiced returning to the present moment, the greater freedom I had.

Following are 20 quotes that may inspire letting go or letting be, whatever you prefer!

  1. “By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.” ~ Lao Tzu
  2. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
  3. “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  4. “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ~ Deborah Reber
  5. “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  6. “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
  7. “When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible.” ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
  8. “In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra
  9. “Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.” ~ Melody Beattie
  10. “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 realise 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
  11. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” ~ Dalai Lama
  12. “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.” ~ Ralph Marston
  13. “Will this matter a year from now?” ~ Richard Carlson Ph.D
  14. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend 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 relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.” ~ Seneca
  15. “To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” ~ Jack Kornfield
  16. “We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia
  17. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~ Raymond Lindquist
  18. “You cannot let go of anything if you cannot notice that you are holding it. Admit your ‘weaknesses’ and watch them morph into your greatest strengths.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
  19. “To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.” ~ Henri Matisse
  20. “I don’t let go of concepts – I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.” ~ Byron Katie


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