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Find the motivation and courage you need to change your life with these walk away quotes.

Life doesn’t always go exactly as we expect it to.

Sometimes we find out that there is something or someone in our life that isn’t the best for us.

When that happens, it’s time to walk away.

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According to a study by the Center for Creative Leadership, 60% of executives surveyed stated that their organization’s success is tied to its ability to innovate and embrace change.

Embracing change and making difficult decisions to walk away from a situation that is no longer serving you can be the first step towards success in your personal and professional life.

What’s the right way to walk away?

Change is hard and it can be difficult for you to decide to take that first step to walk away. 

But if you give in and stay, you are are going to miss an opportunity to grow and experience the good things that are waiting for you.

We have prepared the following walk away quotes and sayings to inspire you to take the first step.  

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Research by the Harvard Business Review shows that businesses that successfully manage change are more profitable and have higher employee satisfaction.

Walking away from toxic situations can help you to create a healthier and more productive environment for yourself and others.

1. “I truly loved you, but now I’m walking away.” – Jonny Lang

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2. “Selfhood begins with a walking away, And love is proved in letting go.”―Cecil Day-Lewis

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3. “I am good at walking away. Rejection teaches you how to reject.” – Jeanette Winterson

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4. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”―Herman Hesse

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5. “Here are moments when you have to just walk away and cry.” – Lou Angeli

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

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7. “Sometimes you have to walk away from people, not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.”―Melchor Lim

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

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9. “Learning to walk away is hard but staying to suffer is harder.” – Mariel Avila

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10. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” — Abraham Lincoln

Walk away quotes to help you know when it’s better to go

A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 73% of respondents reported experiencing psychological symptoms due to stress caused by change and uncertainty.

Walking away from situations that cause chronic stress can help to protect your mental health and well-being.

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

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

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13. “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”―Alexander Graham Bell

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14. “If you have to force it, leave it. Relationships. Friendships. Yoga poses. Perfect ponytails. Let that shit go.”―Akua Naru

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15. “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”―Gautama Buddha

16. “How do you look at someone you love and tell yourself it’s time to walk away?”  – The Vow

17. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”―Mandy Hale

18. “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 Lander

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19. “Knowing when to walk away, is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with grace, and your head held high, is dignity.”―Ritu Ghatourey

20. “When it’s time for me to walk away from something, I walk away from it. My mind, my body, my conscience tells me that enough is enough.” – Jerry West

Walk away quotes to help you eliminate the negative things

21. “Anyone or anything that is negative, you should walk away from. Make room for all the positives.” – Wendy John

22. “Just pick up your courage and walk away. Don’t waste your time. The longer one drags on, the amount of pain accumulates.” – Dick Hirayama

23. “Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make.”―Roy T. Bennett

24. “I no longer want to be that person who keeps crying at night so I am more careful this time.” – Unknown

25. “Trust yourself and walk away from situations and people that don’t have your best interest at heart.” – Ben Ruston

Walk away quotes to help you take a step forward

26. “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

27. “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

28. “As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need in life and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is just a step forward.” – Unknown

29. “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 Brown

30. “To let go is to release the images and emotions, the fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.”―Jack Kornfield

Walk away quotes to give you courage

31. “When the tears are too many and the love is too little when you want to smile but you have to sigh and you’re tired of the lies but your heart can’t handle the truth, that’s when you have to decide if it’s better to stay or just walk away.” – Rashida Rowe

32. “Don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s better to walk away than being taken for granted.” – Unknown

33. “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

34. “Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.” – Robert Tew

35. “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.”―Brigitte Nicole

36. “The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.” – Alysia Harris

37. “I’ve often tried to explain it and now realize something can never be explained, nor should you waste your time trying. Just walk away.” – Ellie Borak

38. “If you don’t walk away, you’ll hurt yourself beyond repair. Remember, you’re a precious child of God, deserving to be treated kindly.” – Zenobia Davis

Walk away quotes for when it’s hard to go

39. “Goodbye is the absolute hardest thing to say because you have to walk away with just a memory and after a while that memory fades.” – Sarah Dillon

40. “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.”―Drew Gerald

41. “You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.”―Guy Finley

42. “The hardest part about walking away from someone is when you realize that no matter how slow you go, that someone will never run after you.” – Bethany Megan

43. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”―Guy Finley

44. “Sometimes it’s best to just walk away, count your loss, say a prayer and go on with your life. Time and forgiveness has a way of healing the pain and hurt that you will undoubtedly feel.” – David Kreger

45. “Sometimes you have to smile and pretend everything’s okay. Hold back the tears, and just walk away.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

46. “Letting go is hard, but there comes a time when you accept the fact, that you can’t go back to how it was and it’s time to wish them best and walk away.” – Punkinhead Abhishek

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47. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” —Ernest Hemingway

48. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”―S. Maraboli

Other motivational walk away quotes

49. “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”―Roy T. Bennett

50. “Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits.”―Sarah Ban Breathnach

51. “You can walk away and say “We don’t need this.” but something in your eyes says “We can beat this.” – Taylor Swift

52. “I know you’ll think this is crazy, but all I want to do is hold you, and I think that if you’ll let me do that just for a few seconds, I can walk away, and never speak to you again.” – David Guterson

53. “When trust is broken how can you repair it? Sometimes you just have to walk away.” – Hattie Lou

54. “Life is too short for unreality and you don’t owe anybody anything – especially your time, energy, and attention.” – Oli Anderson

55. “Never worry what others say when you walk away from all the drama. Be grateful you had the strength and courage to stay out of the conflict and be at peace with your choices.” – Elle Sommer

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56. “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 incredible change.”―Shannon L. Alder

57. “Most of us need something not to walk away from.” ― Josh Stern

58. “You can’t walk away from beauty, but you can destroy it.” — Anthony T. Hincks

59. “If they don’t chase you when you walk away… Keep walking!” ― Nitya Prakash

60. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

61. “Walk on, yes, but don’t walk away from people who need you.” — Rachel Hartman

62. “Learn to walk away from the arms where you don’t belong before you end up suffocating there.” — Sai Pradeep

63. “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.” — José N. Harris

64. “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” — Chuck Yeager

65. “If you walked away from a toxic, negative, abusive, one-sided, dead-end low vibrational relationship or friendship — you won.” ― Lalah Delia

Thought-provoking walk away quotes

66. “Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

67. “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

68. “And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.” – Junot Díaz

69. “No matter how bad you want a person, if your hearts are in two different places, you’ll have to pass and move on.” – Alexandra Elle

70. “It’s easy to fall in love, Ben. The hard part comes when you want out.” – Colleen Hoover

71. “If you really want closure… at some point, you have to shut the door.” – Jacki Wells Wunderlin

72. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” – Jessica Hatchigan

73. “Don’t wait. If it’s not right, move on.” – Andy Lau

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

75. “The hardest thing I’ll ever do is walk away still loving you.” – Tracy Lawrence

Walk Away Quotes To Help You Move On And Find Peace

76. “Forgiveness enables me to walk away from that pain, the loneliness and suffering.” ― Sharon E. Rainey

77. “You will never see me surrender, never see me cry, but you will often see me walk away. Turn around and just leave, without looking back.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

78. “To win a negotiation you have to show you’re willing to walk away. And the best way to show you’re willing to walk away is to walk away.” ― Matt Nix

79. “Walking away from the problems you don’t want in your life gets easier each time it becomes clearer to you who no longer need to be.” ― Guy Finley

80. “The moment he makes you feel like he’s done something to benefit you, walk away, because it’s what will get you into the most trouble.” ― K. Weikel

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81. “Once you’re clear on what your bottom line is, you have to be willing to walk away.” ― Chris Voss

82. “Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.” ― Sean Penn

83. When they treat you unkind and attempt to ruin your day, Stop, pray and walk away (SPW)” ― Charmaine J. Forde

84. “I got to walk away, walk away. There’s nothing left that I can do but walk away, Walk away, Slowly turn my eyes from you and walk away.” ― Del Shannon

85. “It takes faith to walk away from anything that keeps you away from the face of God.” ― Gift Gugu Mona

Walk Away Quotes That Encourage You To Let Go And Move On

86. “It’s better to walk away than to tolerate nonsense.” — Michelle Ross

87. “Don’t walk away from negative people – run!” — Mark Twain

88. “One thing I can say is if your gut feeling is telling you to walk away, it is probably the best decision you could make.” — J. Riggins

89. “Walk away from friendships that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you.” — Michelle Obama

90. “If it’s dead, don’t go digging it up every five minutes to check if there’s a pulse. It’s dead; walk away.” — Richard Templar

91. “You know it’s time to walk away when the fun and laughter are gone and only pain and sadness exist.” — Jacqueline Scales

92. “If anyone tries to complicate your life, turn and walk away from them.” — Caroline Myss

93. “Sometimes, when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing.” — Ally McBeal

94. “Have the courage to walk away, those that value you will want you back, and those that do not won’t hold you back.”  — Trevor Driggers

95.“ Learn to value yourself enough to walk away from the crap in life and never settle for less than you deserve.” — Parul Wadhwa

Walk Away Quotes To help You Find Peace

96. “Yes, let go. Walk away. Nothing can stop you. Believe me, this is your first in a long series of real winning actions. Never mind what direction to take; it doesn’t matter, not in the slightest.” — Guy Finley

97. “Well it’s not too late / Girl, it’s really not worth the fight / No one’s right / Well it’s time to walk away.” — Billie Joe Armstrong

98. “Just another emotion, is this something more / If it’s only a passionate phase / I’d rather just close the door / Turn away, turn away, turn away / Walk away, walk away, walk away.” — Harold Faltermeyer

99. “Walk away / If you’re not here to stay / ‘Cause I care about myself too much / And I’ve hurt enough.” — Chantal Kreviazuk

100. “Walking away from the false is the same as heading toward what is true.” — Guy Finley

101. “Letting go and walking away means you are exercising control and good decision-making powers–you are making your choice rather than letting the situation control you.” — Richard Templar

102. “Regardless of how it ends., love is always worth going out on a limb for. Better to put your heart on the line and walk away with nothing than to play it safe.” — Mandy Hale

103. “Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow, Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow, / Walk away from anger, walk away from pain / Walk away from anguish, walk into the rain.” — Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

104. “Every wise man have walked away from the world in his way with the only obstinacy to make it.” — P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

105. “Sometimes you really want to do something, but it is unrealistic. Instead of knocking yourself out, cultivate the art of knowing when to walk away, and you’ll find, it a lot less stressful.” — Richard Templar

Is it time for you to walk away from something?

If you just read through these quotes then there is probably something that you are thinking about walking away from.

It could be a certain situation or a person in your life.

Whatever it is, as many of these quotes mention, there are many times when walking away from something is what’s in your best interest. 

That doesn’t mean it’s going to feel easy or even like something that you want to do.

But after you take that step, you’ll realize that it’s what was what you needed to do.

Walking away from the things in your life that shouldn’t be there will open you up to new and better opportunities. 

What’s your biggest takeaway from these inspirational walk away quotes?

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