Change is inevitable and the way we deal with it helps us either grow or get stuck in awful situations that seem to have no way out.

Moving on when change happens is hard, but it’s a necessity. Whether you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, going through a painful breakup or a job failure, deep down you hope for better days — and they are yet to come.

Some people say we don’t really move on from negative life events, but rather move forward with them. And maybe this approach is more realistic since we can’t erase what happened, but we can change our attitude towards it. Everything stays with us and we simply learn to live with the memories we have.

A lot of people who’ve lost their spouse refuse to move on because they’d feel guilty about it. What would others say if they were to fall in love again? What others say doesn’t matter. If you can choose to be happy (and you always can), you should allow yourself to be nothing but that. Don’t hold on to the pain because it will hold you back.

Here are 25 moving on quotes to help you keep your eyes on the road in front of you:

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (more Albert Einstein quotes)

So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.

NICHOLAS SPARKS

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

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

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

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

J.P. MORGAN

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (more Robert Downey Jr. quotes)

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

FRIDTJOF NANSEN

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 (more Angelina Jolie quotes)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.

HERMAN HESSE

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 (more Joseph Campbell quotes)

Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.

ANTHONY ROBBINS (more Tony Robbins quotes)

Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.

BRYANT MCGILL

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.

DENIS WAITLEY

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

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

DR. SEUSS (more Dr. Seuss quotes)

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

You can’t look back you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.

JODI PICOULT

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

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

CONRAD HILTON

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

NICOLE SOBON

You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.

DREW GERALD

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

DAPHNE ROSE KINGMA

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

ROY T. BENNETT