85 Wonderful Empty Nest Quotes That Will Make You Feel Peace

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Our empty nest quotes in this collection focus on the passage of time when our children grow up and leave home. This can be a very challenging time for both the parent and the child.

When our daughter was leaving the nest, we definitely felt the pain. With her being the oldest, it was a time of change that we dreaded since she was born. Her first step was college, followed by marriage, and then the Air Forces.

It was a time of change that was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Our son was a bit of a different story. Six years after our daughter left home, our son graduated. He graduated high school with an Associate’s degree and an impressive scholarship to any state university. Different children – – – different paths.

The one consistency was it was a change that took a ton of self-reflection.

In this collection of empty nest quotes and sayings, you will find inspiring words that will support you during this time of change.  

The quotes in this collection focus on the beautiful relationships between parent and child and provide the insight that more great things are to come.

It is the anticipation, the fear, that leads up to our children moving out that is often the hardest.

To help you through your moments of wonder, we have put together this quote collection for you. It is a collection that focuses on moving forward so you can enjoy family, friends, and opportunities that make the empty nest stage of life not so scary.

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Positive Quotes for Empty Nesters

Sherrilyn Kenyon Quote: Move forward with pu

Move forward with purpose. Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sue Atkins  Quote: There is no such thi

There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one. Sue Atkins

Jack Kornfield Quote: To let go does not m

To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own. Jack Kornfield

Steve Maraboli Quote: The greatest step to

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Steve Maraboli

Mandy Hale Quote: Growth is painful. C

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Mandy Hale

Sarah Breathnach Quote: Today expect somethi

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 Breathnach

Seth Godin Quote: How dare you settle

How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable? Seth Godin

Irish Saying Quote: You're not as young

You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be. Irish Saying

Anonymous Quote: You don’t have to ha

You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Just take the next step. Anonymous

A.A. Milne Quote: You are braver than

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne




Dawson’s Creek Quote: Letting go isn’t a o

Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again. Dawson’s Creek

Walt Disney Quote: We keep moving forwa

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney

John Allen Quote: The more experienced

The more experienced you are, the more skills you can bring to a new job or profession. Age can actually work in your favor. John Allen

Catherine Pulsifer Quote: Sometimes, people us

Sometimes, people use age as a convenient excuse. ‘I’m to old too start something new’, or, ‘I couldn’t learn that at my age.’ Other people, though, go on to achieve their greatest accomplishments in life in later years. Catherine Pulsifer

Anonymous Quote: When you bring peace

When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward to your future. Anonymous

Anonymous Quote: Don’t look back you’

Don’t look back you’re not going that way. Anonymous

Conrad Hall Quote: You are always a stu

You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. Conrad Hall

Amit Ray Quote: If you want to fly i

If you want to fly in 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

Robin Sharma Quote: Aging only happens t

Aging only happens to people who lose their lust for getting better and disconnect from their natural base of curiosity. Robin Sharma

Anonymous Quote: Don’t let yesterday

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Anonymous




Steve Maraboli Quote: Incredible change ha

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

Greg Groeschel Quote: When you accept the

When you accept the fact that your true identity includes being an overcomer, you will never settle for less than a miracle. Greg Groeschel

Tom Althouse Quote: Dare to live by lett

Dare to live by letting go. Tom Althouse

Germany Kent Quote: Convince yourself ev

Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well. Germany Kent

Stephen Levine Quote: Don’t cling to your

Don’t cling to your self-righteous suffering, let it go. . . Nothing is too good to be true, let yourself be forgiven. To the degree you insist that you must suffer, you insist on the suffering of others as well. Stephen Levine

Steve Maraboli Quote: Renew, release, let

Renew, release, let go. 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

Steve Harvey Quote: Worry is a misuse of

Worry is a misuse of your imagination. Steve Harvey

Alyson Noel Quote: The only thing a per

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

Denis Waitley Quote: Don’t dwell on what

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. Denis Waitley

Anonymous Quote: Stop focusing on wha

Stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward. Anonymous




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Anonymous Quote: Moving forward is ma

Moving forward is making things happen. Anonymous

Jeremy Aldana Quote: Pain will leave you,

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

Anonymous Quote: You can’t start the

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. Anonymous

Jack Kornfield Quote: Let go of the battle

Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting. Jack Kornfield

Richard Carlson Quote: When you let go of y

When you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is, you’re free. To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up. Richard Carlson

Anonymous Quote: You can’t reach what

You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you. Anonymous

Jon Acuff Quote: Life is now less abo

Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live. Jon Acuff

Albert Einstein Quote: Life is like riding

Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Tony Schwartz Quote: Let go of certainty.

Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. Tony Schwartz

S. C. Lourie Quote: Breathe, darling. Th

Breathe, darling. This is just a chapter, not your whole story. S. C. Lourie




Amit Ray Quote: If you want to fly o

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

Danish Proverb Quote: Age may wrinkle the

Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Danish Proverb

Sam Waterson Quote: If you’re not moving

If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling back. Sam Waterson

Tabitha Suzuma Quote: They say when you re

They say when you really love someone, you should be willing to set them free. So that is what I am doing. I will step back and you will move on. I will let you go. … Your happiness means everything to me. I will listen for your voice in the distance. I w Tabitha Suzuma

Anonymous Quote: Life is about moving

Life is about moving on, accepting changes and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete. Anonymous

Mike Finley Quote: Keep this in mind, g

Keep this in mind, graduation can take place at any age and it can certainly happen more than once in your lifetime. Mike Finley

C. JoyBell C. Quote: The day I understood

The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go. C. JoyBell C.

Steve Maraboli Quote: Are you going to all

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

Anonymous Quote: As I look back on my

As I look back on my life, I realized that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. Anonymous

Ray Bradbury Quote: Learning to let go s

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. It’s like boats. You keep your motor on so you can steer with the current. Ray Bradbury



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Lao Tzu Quote: When I let go of wha

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

Christopher Dines Quote: Things sometimes go

Things sometimes go our way and sometimes they don’t. All we can do is apply ourselves to our profession, giving our very best effort but emotionally letting go of the outcome. Why? Because if we obsess about an outcome, we cannot possibly honor the prese Christopher Dines

Bob Goff Quote: Don’t let who you we

Don’t let who you were talk you out of who you are becoming. Bob Goff

Steve Maraboli Quote: The beautiful journe

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

Steve Harvey Quote: You are never too ol

You are never too old to reinvent yourself! Steve Harvey

Anonymous Quote: What good is living

What good is living a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place. Anonymous

Johnny Depp Quote: Just keep moving for

Just keep moving forward and don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you. Johnny Depp

Paulo Coelho Quote: If you’re brave enou

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Paulo Coelho

Gordon B. Hinkley Quote: Those who move forwa

Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out. Gordon B. Hinkley

Valery Satterwhite Quote: Know that everything

Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not. Valery Satterwhite



Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: Let us move forward

Let us move forward with strong and active faith. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Stephen Levine Quote: Detachment means let

Detachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. Stephen Levine

Georges St-Pierre Quote: Set your goal and ke

Set your goal and keep moving forward. Georges St-Pierre

Deborah Reber Quote: Letting go doesn’t m

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

Joyce Meyer Quote: God never leads us w

God never leads us where He cannot keep us. Joyce Meyer

Maya Angelou Quote: If I am not good to

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? Maya Angelou

Rachel Brathen Quote: Life is made up of a

Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto. Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the Rachel Brathen

Anonymous Quote: Sometimes God closes

Sometimes God closes doors because it’s time to move forward. He knows you won’t move unless your circumstances force you. Trust the transition. God’s got you. Anonymous

Goldie Hawn Quote: Letting go of someon

Letting go of someone we love is the hardest thing we will ever do. Some people never surrender to love for the fear of being hurt. But to not have loved, to not have felt the immense joy it brings, would have been a far worse kind of death. Goldie Hawn

Carl Jung Quote: I am not what happen

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung




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Papaji Quote: Whatever comes, let

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

Tom Althouse Quote: Let go and go beyond

Let go and go beyond living the dream, by dreaming the reality, into a reality beyond the dream. Tom Althouse

Anonymous Quote: Whenever you find yo

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. Anonymous

Nancy Levin Quote: Honor the space betw

Honor the space between no longer and not yet. Nancy Levin

Anonymous Quote: The hardest part abo

The hardest part about moving forward is not looking back. Anonymous

Michael Bassey Johnson Quote: If you truly want to

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them. Michael Bassey Johnson

Anthony Horowitz Quote: All that sadness. Al

All that sadness. All that anger. It is the smoke that gets into your eyes. If you do not blow it away, how can you hope to see? Anthony Horowitz

Ayn Rand Quote: The question isn’t w

The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me! Ayn Rand

Steve Maraboli Quote: The truth is, unless

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

John Wooden Quote: If we fail to adapt,

If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward. John Wooden




Mike Rowe Quote: I’m looking forward

I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. Mike Rowe

Many Hale Quote: Faith is moving forw

Faith is moving forward even when things don’t make sense, trusting that in hindsight everything will become clear. Many Hale

Anonymous Quote: You know you are on

You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back. Anonymous

Anne Frank Quote: Parents can only giv

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

Lady Bird Johnson Quote: Children are apt to

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. Lady Bird Johnson

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