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
Move forward with purpose. Sherrilyn Kenyon
There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one. Sue Atkins
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
The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Steve Maraboli
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Mandy Hale
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
How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable? Seth Godin
You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be. Irish Saying
You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Just take the next step. Anonymous
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne
Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again. Dawson’s Creek
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
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
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
When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward to your future. Anonymous
Don’t look back you’re not going that way. Anonymous
You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. Conrad Hall
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
Aging only happens to people who lose their lust for getting better and disconnect from their natural base of curiosity. Robin Sharma
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Anonymous
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
When you accept the fact that your true identity includes being an overcomer, you will never settle for less than a miracle. Greg Groeschel
Dare to live by letting go. Tom Althouse
Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well. Germany Kent
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
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
Worry is a misuse of your imagination. Steve Harvey
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
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
Stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward. Anonymous
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Moving forward is making things happen. Anonymous
Pain will leave you, when you let go. Jeremy Aldana
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. Anonymous
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
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
You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you. Anonymous
Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live. Jon Acuff
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
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
Breathe, darling. This is just a chapter, not your whole story. S. C. Lourie
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
Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Danish Proverb
If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling back. Sam Waterson
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
Life is about moving on, accepting changes and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete. Anonymous
Keep this in mind, graduation can take place at any age and it can certainly happen more than once in your lifetime. Mike Finley
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.
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
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
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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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
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
Don’t let who you were talk you out of who you are becoming. Bob Goff
The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday. Steve Maraboli
You are never too old to reinvent yourself! Steve Harvey
What good is living a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place. Anonymous
Just keep moving forward and don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you. Johnny Depp
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Paulo Coelho
Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out. Gordon B. Hinkley
Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not. Valery Satterwhite
Let us move forward with strong and active faith. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Detachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. Stephen Levine
Set your goal and keep moving forward. Georges St-Pierre
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
God never leads us where He cannot keep us. Joyce Meyer
If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? Maya Angelou
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
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
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
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung
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Whatever comes, let it come, what stays let stay, what goes let go. Papaji
Let go and go beyond living the dream, by dreaming the reality, into a reality beyond the dream. Tom Althouse
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
Honor the space between no longer and not yet. Nancy Levin
The hardest part about moving forward is not looking back. Anonymous
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
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
The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me! Ayn Rand
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
If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward. John Wooden
I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. Mike Rowe
Faith is moving forward even when things don’t make sense, trusting that in hindsight everything will become clear. Many Hale
You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back. Anonymous
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
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. Lady Bird Johnson
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