28 Best Acceptance Quotes for Letting Go and Moving on

Accepting things and moving on is important for emotional healing, mental health, personal growth, creating a positive future, and promoting inner peace.

It’s not always easy to do, but it’s a necessary step for anyone who wants to improve their well-being and find peace and happiness.

I’ve compiled some of the best acceptance quotes to help you let go of things and move on. These quotes will also help you find peace within yourself and in your surroundings

The Best Acceptance Quotes for Letting Go and Moving on

1. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

― Lao Tzu

2. “Love is forgiving, accepting, moving on, embracing, and all-encompassing. And if you’re not doing that for yourself, you cannot do that with anyone else.”

— Steve Maraboli

3. “Change is spontaneous, whether it’s people or circumstances. Changes will happen and you can only survive if you accept the change, reinvent yourself, and move on.”

Murshid Akram

4. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

Morris West

5. Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

Paul Tournier

6. You must accept the situation that you are in. You must be able to reassure yourself that everything in life happens for a reason. Whatever burden you are facing isn’t accidental. You have to simply look at it as an opportunity for a new beginning. You are still capable of doing great things in life, but you have to accept your past and build on it.

Subh Agrawal

7. Stop waiting for people to apologize in
order to move on. That’s giving a lot of
power to people who have hurt you.
Instead, accept that sometimes you won’t
receive an apology you deserve. Choose
to validate your own feelings and give
yourself permission to close the chapter.

— Sara Kuburic

8. “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.”

— Lao Tzu

9. “There’s no point in arguing and loving someone who doesn’t want to be with you and doesn’t want to keep you in his life.. the real person will try harder to reach out and work for the best and what’s supposed to be done to their relationship.. but things are not so good this time, it’s time to try letting go.”

— Ressha

10. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”

— Steve Maraboli

11. “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

— Stephen King

12. “The only way to move on from the past is to accept it as a part of your life and learn from it.”


13. “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

— J.K. Rowling

14. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”

-Steve Maraboli

15. “Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.”

-Henry Kissinger

16. “The only way to truly heal is to accept, forgive and let go.”


17. “Acceptance is the first step towards healing, and letting go is the first step towards acceptance.”


18. “Letting go is not about forgetting, it’s about accepting that some things were not meant to be.”


19. “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”


20. “Don’t tie your heart to a person that has nothing left to offer you. Let it go. It might hurt for a while, but when you get over it, you’ll see that it’s better.”

― Orebela Gbenga

21. “The secret to life is to have no fear. When you can let go of what others think about you, how something is going to turn out, or how your past will affect your future, then you are finally living life free.”

― Shannon L. Alder

22. “Imagine a future where you hold no grudges towards anyone. You’re not angry at past lovers, not bitter about failures, not disappointed in your parents. You forgive, send love, and move on. You’re free.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

23. “The choice isn’t to move on—life moves whether I want it to or not. No, the choice is to look forward, not backward, to take a step because refusing to move won’t draw the past nearer, only postpone better days.”

― Caroline George

24. “Take all the time you need to heal emotionally. Moving on doesn’t take a day, it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.”

― Tere Arigo

25. “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 can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”

Tupac Shakur

26. “A very wise man once told me that you can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”

Jodi Picoult

27. “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

28. “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.”