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50 Quotes about Holding on and Letting Go in Life and Love

Dayna Remus
Sep 15, 2022
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There are days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years when we want to throw in the towel. However, we can defeat whatever we're facing, and learning the art of balancing, holding on, and letting go is a perfect start to fighting our demons. Read the quotes below to get an idea of how exactly to do this.

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Life is an unexpected series of ups and downs. Sometimes, during the downs, we struggle to cope and hold on to what is important or dear to us, with our minds convincing us to give up. We may battle to let go of what is not serving us in other periods.

However, despite how dark it may appear, there is always hope, and sometimes a few words can help us access that sliver of sunshine we've been missing.

Read these 60 quotes below to learn how to not only hold on but also let go.

 Havelock Ellis' quote: "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."  | Image: AmoDays

Havelock Ellis' quote: "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." | Image: AmoDays

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QUOTES ABOUT HOLDING ON WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH

"Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." — Cecelia Ahern

"And what if you just hold on, and what if life holds so much more than you can see right now." Tanya Wright

"Don't hold on to dear life - hold life dearly." ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

"No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or tough you can be, the world will find a way to break you. And when it does, the only thing you can do is hold on." ― Taylor Jenkins Reid

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"Hold on tight and fight as hard as you can." — A.A. Freda

Cecelia Aherns' quote: "Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." | Image: AmoDays

Cecelia Aherns' quote: "Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." | Image: AmoDays

"Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."― Kevin Arnold

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"If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long." — Hayley Williams

"When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn." — Harriet Beecher Stowe

"To find happiness, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, and something to inspire you." — Zahoor— Bilal

"The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to." — E. Lockhart

 A.A. Fredas' quote: "Hold on tight and fight as hard as you can." | Image: AmoDays

A.A. Fredas' quote: "Hold on tight and fight as hard as you can." | Image: AmoDays

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"Fear is crippling. Fear of the future can convince us that there is no way out and nothing is ever going to get better. Fear is blinding. it can make us miss the warning signs flashing right in front of our eyes. It can also make you miss those brilliant flashes of color when the world isn't so gray. But, if you think about it, being afraid isn't such a bad thing because fear is a reminder that you still have something to lose. Something worth holding onto." — Cassia Leo

"Holding on to hope when everything is dark is the greatest test of faith." — Yasmin Mogahed

"Even when it feels . . . hopeless. Like everything is telling him to let go. This time, maybe this time, he won't let go. He'll just . . . hold on, and he'll keep going. He'll keep going until he sees the sun." — "Dear Evan Hansen" by Val Emmich

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"Faith is holding onto uncertainties with passionate conviction." — Soren Kierkegaard

"Hold on… tomorrow is here for those that wait." — Atticus

Hayley Williams' quote: "If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long." | Image: AmoDays

Hayley Williams' quote: "If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long." | Image: AmoDays

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"I hold the line, the line of strength that pulls me from the fear." — Peter Gabriel

"Every day, I read the paper and think how much I'd love certain people to just go away. But the flip side is that much of life is really good and sweet and tender and true. That's another thing pets teach us. That, and the importance of holding on to those good things in life." — Kate Klise

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." — George S. Patton

"Hold it down until you come up" ― Johnnie Dent Jr.

"Brighter days are coming. Clearer sight will arrive. And you will arrive too. No, it might not be forever. These bright moments might be for a few days at a time, but hold on for those days. Those days are worth the dark." — "Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson

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 Harriet Beecher Stowe’s quote: "I made two decisions in my life based on fear, and they cost me everything." |Image: AmoDays

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s quote: "I made two decisions in my life based on fear, and they cost me everything." |Image: AmoDays

“When the storm seems to overpower you, hold tight, for it is only passing." ― Hiral Nagda

"Some days the bravest thing we can do is to hold on, have hope, to keep walking, even just for another day. " ― Mimi Novic

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Quotes about Holding on to Someone

"Hopelessly holding on to bad love, because of the fear of being alone." ― Nitya Prakash

"...I think that you love who you love. And when you find love, you hold onto it, and you don't let it go." ― Sabrina Paige

"Sometimes I think my whole life has been about holding on to you." — Jodi Picoult

Audrey Hepburn's quote: "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."| Image: AmoDays

Audrey Hepburn's quote: "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."| Image: AmoDays

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"Life is slippery. We all need a loving hand to hold onto." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Maybe I hold on for too long, but maybe you don't hold on for long enough?" ― Dominic Riccitello

"Every single person on the planet had to take turns in hurting. Sometimes all you could do was hold on to each other tight until the dark spat you back out." ― Emily Henry

"It takes love to hold on when you want to let go. It takes love to let go when you want to hold on." ― Kate McGahan

"People you have a history with, they won't let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can't disentangle yourself, can't set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying." — Anna Watson, "The Girl On The Train" by Paula Hawkins

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Lili St. Crow’s quote: "I was always holding onto people, and they were always leaving." | Image: AmoDays

Lili St. Crow’s quote: "I was always holding onto people, and they were always leaving." | Image: AmoDays

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." — Audrey Hepburn

"Never give up on someone. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone." ― Shannon L. Alder

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"Why was I holding on to something that would never be mine? But isn't that what people do?" ― Bret Easton Ellis

"Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods." ― C.S. Lewis

"I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end, it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how I think it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever." ― Kathy H, "Reluctance" by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Shannon L. Alder’s quote: "Never give up on someone. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone." | Image: AmoDays

Shannon L. Alder’s quote: "Never give up on someone. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone." | Image: AmoDays

"I was always holding onto people, and they were always leaving." ― Lili St. Crow

Quotes about When Holding On Isn’t the Right Choice

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"Whatever you think which is holding you back is the thing which actually you are holding." ― Mahendra Singh Jakhar

"Stop holding on to the wrong people. Let them go on their own way; if not for you, then for them." ― Bryant McGill

"Sometimes, the strongest thing you will ever do will be to let go of someone. It will be painful, you will suffer guilt, and you will second-guess yourself, but for your own sanity and quality of life, there will come a time where you hand them to God." ― Lee Goff

"Love … It's a nice little trick if you can find it. We had found it. But now I knew finding love and holding on to it were not the same thing." ― Mary E. Pearson

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Rebekah Crane’s quote: "Sometimes letting go is braver than holding on until you break.” | Image: AmoDays

Rebekah Crane’s quote: "Sometimes letting go is braver than holding on until you break.” | Image: AmoDays

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." — The Buddha

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"What we don't recognize is that holding onto resentment is like holding onto your breath. You'll soon start to suffocate." — Deepak Chopra

"Sometimes letting go is braver than holding on until you break." ― Rebekah Crane

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

"But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit." — Jenny Han

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Deepak Chopra’s quote: "What we don't recognize is that holding onto resentment is like holding onto your breath. You'll soon start to suffocate." | Image: AmoDays

Deepak Chopra’s quote: "What we don't recognize is that holding onto resentment is like holding onto your breath. You'll soon start to suffocate." | Image: AmoDays

"I only hold on so I can let go." ― Kris Kidd

"Sometimes holding on is what holds you back." ― Brittany Burgunder

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"The more we can let go of the weight we are holding onto and the more we can move into ease." ― Hania Khuri-Trapper

"When your intention is great enough, you will ALWAYS find the time and energy to accomplish your desires. You can state excuses to the contrary, but holding on to your old stories is just another way of wasting precious time." — James Arthur Ray

"People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth." — Bruce Lee

The Buddahs quote: “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." | Image: AmoDays

The Buddahs quote: “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." | Image: AmoDays

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The answer is balance and trusting our gut. Knowing when to grit our teeth, and knowing deep within when to let something or someone go, no matter how painful the process may be.

Holding on and letting go is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many challenges that life may put in front of us. Learn even more lessons about how to navigate life healthily by reading these 123 quotes by the successful investor, Naval Ravikant.

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