120 Quotes to Inspire Letting Go of Attachments [Tips]10 min read

A selection of top inspirational thoughts that encourage you to reduce stress and needless suffering by letting go of attachments. I have personally chosen the best amongst 1500 quotes. These quotes do not assume any belief on your part.

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Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to. ― Mandy Hale


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ― Henry Havelock Ellis


Sometimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on an event. Looking at the same event with fresh eyes. ― Steve Maraboli


Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye. ― Beyoncé Knowles


Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. ― Arthur Schopenhauer


Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ― Nelson Mandela


To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it. ― Confucius


Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. ― Will Smith


The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us the option to fill the space with something new. ― Susan Fay West


I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward. — Fridtjof Nansen


Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over (except yourself). — Guy Finley


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ― Raymond Lindquist


Life moves on and so should we. ― Spencer Johnson


Attachment comes from a perception of lack – all comes from fear. ― Yvette Soler


Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. ― Daphne Rose Kingma


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. ― Tao Te Ching


Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. ― Victor Kiam


Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it. ― Justin Timberlake


A bridge can still be built, while the bitter waters are flowing beneath. ― Anthony Liccione


You can only lose what you cling to. — Buddha


You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ― Steve Maraboli


You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. ― C. JoyBell C.


Cry. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. ― Steve Maraboli


Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over. ― Nicole Sobon


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


Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. ― C. JoyBell C.


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


The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday. ― Steve Maraboli


Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day! ― Steve Maraboli


I demolish my bridges behind me… then there is no choice but to move forward. ― Fridtjof Nansen


Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results (of one’s actions), because there follows immediate peace. ― Bhagavad Gita


You’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page. – Tori Amos


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


Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. ― Lyndon B. Johnson


Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. ― Ralph Marston


Detachment means letting go and non-attachment means simply letting be. ― Stephen Levine


If you want to fly on 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


Are you going to allow the world around you to change while you remain stagnant? Make this the time you throw away old habits that have hindered your happiness and success and finally allow your greatest self to flourish. ― Steve Maraboli


A Plan B life can be just as good or better than a Plan A life. You just have to let go of that first dream and realize that God has already written the first chapter of the new life that awaits you. All you have to do is start reading! ― Shannon L. Alder


When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you. ― Shannon L. Alder


To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. ― Gerald G. Jampolsky


Nothing changes until people decide to do the things they must, in order to bring about peace. ― Shannon L. Alder


Why the obsession with worldly possessions ? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light. ― Alex Morritt


Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go. ― Papaji


Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts. If they don’t find you worth the effort or the time, why should you waste yours? ― Donna Lynn Hope


Your attachment to unhealthy people and bad habits, which offer you no real control, is why you’re spiritually dying and living a life out of balance. ― Shannon L. Alder


Letting go may sound so simple, but rarely is it a one-time thing. Just keep letting go, until one day it’s gone for good. ― Eleanor Brownn


There’s no need to look back. What’s behind you is smaller than what’s in front you. ― Robert Tew


You know you’re in a good place when you no longer are interested in looking back. You prefer to enjoy the journey. ― Karen Salmansohn


We often mistake letting go for giving up. Knowing the difference between the two can make all the difference in the end. ― Gina Greenlee


The world is your oyster. Yes, but in that oyster is the pearl; and to get to the pearl one has to first discard the shell and the flesh. ― Ian Gardner


I am happy with what today was. And anything that didn’t fit, didn’t have to. ― Yesenia Barkley


Letting go looks different for everyone, I think. Sometimes it’s as simple as waking up one day and deciding not to let your past rule you. Other times it’s a process; slow moving and painful, like trudging through a forest of thorny vines in hopes that you’ll find freedom on the other side. ― Allison J. Kennedy


No matter how strong you plan to be, you can never subdue the pain that comes with the grudges you refuse to let go. ― Edmond Mbiaka


Letting go doesn’t have to mean walking away. It means the things that hurt you don’t hurt you anymore. ― Sue Fitzmaurice


I didn’t much like it, this grudge-holding against the past. ― Margaret Atwood


You can’t fight the whole world, and you can’t keep fighting everyone in your own world. It’s not about giving up, it’s about letting go. ― Sue Fitzmaurice


Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go. ― Roy Bennett


Sometimes you have to let go in order to receive; after all the universe naturally acquires balance. ― Turcois Ominek


The process of letting go is an act of accepting. ― Debasish Mridha


Just because someone (or something) has been in your life for many years, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a point at which you finally decide to let go. ― Wilfred James Dolor


Letting go is to love yourself enough to look at the past with a different perspective. It is to accept that you can’t change the past, but that you can change whether your perspective poisons or nourishes you. ― Steve Maraboli


It’s not the appearance that binds you, it’s the attachment to the appearance that binds you. ― Tilopa


Sometimes you have to let things go. Sometimes you have to stop caring for a minute. ― Trina Etmanskie


You really don’t have to burn any bridges to let go… You don’t have to destroy anything. You can just decide to cross over and move on. ― Marta Mrotek


Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go. ― Oriah Mountain Dreamer


There are two ways of thinking. One is living life based on fear. The other is trusting. Letting go and allowing trust to control our lives takes mental gymnastics. ― David W. Earle


Prolonging it won’t make it your belonging. ― Goitsemang Sandra Mvula


Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that it is more important to fulfill your authentic desires than listen to your fears. Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere. Trust that the flow of life is bigger than you, and will take care of you – if you let it. ― Vironika Tugaleva


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


It’s hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I’ve learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place. — Angelina Jolie


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. — Raymond Lindquist


You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever “the old” means for you. — Sarah Ban Breathnach


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


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


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


Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it’s frozen shut. — Gayle Forman


The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future. — Alyson Noel


In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. — Deepak Chopra


The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard. — Baltasar Gracián


You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. — Guy Finley


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


Letting go is not getting rid of memories. Memories will stay. Letting go is making sure that the pain associated with the memories goes away. ― Arti Honrao


Pain will leave you, when you let go. ― Jeremy Aldana


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… Whatever you hate will always be with you. ― C. JoyBell C.


If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind. — Shannon L. Alder


There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. — Miguel Ruiz


The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go. — Shannon L. Alder


Don’t cling to your self-righteous suffering, let it go. To the degree you insist that you must suffer, you insist on the suffering of others as well. ― Stephen Levine


When you hold onto a script that doesn’t serve you, you leave no space to write a new one that does. ― Jennifer Ho-Dougatz


Change can be good but its always tough to let go of the past. — Emily Giffi


Don’t go through life; grow through life. ― Eric Butterworth


The person who doesn’t value you is blocking you from the one who will. Let them go. — Robert Tew


The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over. ― Steve Maraboli


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


You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself. — Mandy Hale


One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that makes you sad. ― Daily dose


Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached. ― Simone Weil


Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth. ― Jane Austen


One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. — Rita Mae Brown


The possessions themselves were not the problem, it was my relationship with possessing. ― Chris Matakas


Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.


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


Past shouldn’t always be treasured, because present and future become trashed. ― Bradley B. Dalina


Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering. ― Hal Tipper


Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ― Dr. Seuss


In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. ― Robert Frost


It was my letting go that gave me a better hold. ― Chris Matakas


For the person who has learned to let go and let be, nothing can ever get in the way again. ― Meister Eckhart


Although I’m used to losing everything, I also realised I’m not good at letting things go. ― Kyuugou


Detachment is not giving up the things in this world, but accepting the fact and to be continuously aware that nothing is permanent. ― Aditya Ajmera


To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end. ― Ramakrishna


If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won’t want to let it in. ― Thich Nhat Hanh


Loving, hating, having expectations: all these are attachments. Attachment prevents the growth of one’s true being.― Lao Tzu


Letting go is hard; holding on much harder and moving on seems to be the hardest at times. ― Sepi Tajima


If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. ― Lao Tzu


Let go of your attachments: your attachment to being right, to having total control, or to living forever. This process of letting go is integral to the process of becoming whole. ― Judith Hanson Lasater


It is not the outer objects that entangle us. It is the inner clinging that entangles us. ― Tilopa


As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind. ― Isabelle Holland


If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality. ― Dan Millman

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