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There’s a Reason It’s Over: 25 Never Look Back Quotes to Live By

by Lois Earles

We all make regrettable or at least questionable decisions. However, it’s how you perceive them afterward that matters. Beating yourself up about your past mistakes will not bring you any good. Owning them is a better option, as you can see in these 25 never look back quotes.

And not just that — these quotes may come as a relief once you see that even successful people made mistakes. After all, the mistakes they made didn’t stop them from influencing people and making a huge impact in the world.

It’s okay to look back sometimes, but only so that you can find closure. After all, the past can teach you valuable lessons.

25 Never Look Back Quotes to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Never Look Back Quotes to Help You Move On

#1. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

#2. “Never look back. If Cinderella went to pick up her shoe, she would not had become a princess.” — Unknown

#3. “The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.” — Norman Rockwell

#4. “I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I am not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.”  — Gordon Ramsay

#5. “The longer we keep looking back in the rearview mirror, it takes away from everything that’s moving forward.” — Dan Quinn

#6. “If you’re always looking back at what you’ve lost, you’ll never discover the treasure that lies just up ahead.” — J.E.B. Spredemann

#7. “When you stand on top of that mountain and you look out, you will know that you will never again look back.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

#8. “Looking back isn’t going to help you. Actually, moving forward is the thing you have to do.” — McKayla Maroney

#9. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” — Steve Jobs

Never Look Back Quotes to Help You Embrace Your Choices in Life

#10. “Think wisely before you exercise an action. However, having done so, never look back and regret. That would be a shame” ― Thiruvalluvar

#11. “True leaders are like statues, whether it rains or it shines, they never bend their necks to look backwards! They never run away from challenges!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

#12. “To reach your target quicker, don’t lose your time by looking back!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan

#13. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Instead, look forward to your next objective”. — George C. Marshall

#14. “The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”  — Johnny Cash

#15. “Everything happens kind of the way it’s supposed to happen, and we just watch it unfold. And you can’t control it. Looking back, you can’t say, ‘I should’ve… ‘ You didn’t, and had you, the outcome would have been different.” — Rick Rubin

#16. “No excuses and no sob stories. Life is full of excuses if you’re looking. I have no time to gripe over misfortune. I don’t waste time looking back.” — Junior Seau

#17. “I have no regrets. Also, don’t believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard… and achieving as much as I could.” — Elena Kagan

Never Look Back Quotes to Make You Focus on the Future

#18. “Do you know that pain of leaving when you look back expecting to see a face waving goodbye at you but all you see is a dark abandoned corner?

There won’t be any reason to return then.

Then, all you can do is look ahead and not to stumble and fall on the pit ahead waiting for you.” ― Sanhita Baruah

#19. “The past is far behind. So, if you still want to look at it, you will painfully stretch your neck muscles. Don’t live in the past, leave the past, but learn from it.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

#20. “I don’t spend much time looking back at what happened. I do remember it, but I don’t see any purpose of wanting to look back”. — Amitabh Bachchan

#21. “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” — Brad Paisley

#22. “My life is like driving down a road. I occasionally glance in the rearview mirror, but I’m not focused on the past or looking back anymore”. — Scott Hall

#23. “Don’t look back unless it’s a good view.” — Tupac Shakur

#24. “Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Instead, keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.” — Dorothy Draper

#25. “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience”. — George Washington


To sum up, bad judgment and mistakes happen to all of us. As a matter of fact, they make us who we are. On the other hand, if you allow it, every mistake can be a new lesson to help you avoid future pitfalls.

Even if your actions had consequences, try and accept them if you can’t fix them. Own them, even if you’re not proud of them. In the long run, that will help you move on with your life. In fact, that’s what these never look back quotes actually are — testimonies of people who’ve made mistakes and learned to live with them.

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