25 Empty Nest Inspirational Quotes

Empty Nest

Life is a series of natural changes, and if you keep moving forward, you will find independence and, maybe, make some surprising discoveries about yourself along the way. When our children are young, our continuous presence in their lives is what allows us to do a good job of parenting. We must, however, begin to let go as they grow older and gain more freedom.

Here are 25 inspiring quotes for empty nesters to help them let go, move on, and accept this new stage of life.

  1. To come to the door and know that she would find no one: to see a house completely empty. It was like coming to her tomb while she was still alive.
  2. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
  3. You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.
  4. Be open to what comes next for you. You may be heading in one direction and then life brings you another that might be a good thing.
  5. When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
  6. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
  7. Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
  8. The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different.
  9. How strange is the force of imagination! it represents things as if they were actually present to us; we consider them so, and to a heart like mine, this is death. I know not where to hide myself from you.
  10. Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.
  11. Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength.
  12. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.
  13. Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.
  14. I was learning to map my own course and determine my own destination now that my children were no longer a home. A fire burned within my soul, igniting possibilities I previously only dreamed for myself. I was choosing to feather my empty nest with leather and chrome, not a second-hand lover.
  15. You will never achieve what you are capable of if you are too attached to the things you need to let go of.
  16. Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way.
  17. A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
  18. To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.
  19. Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.
  20. To be the mother of a grown-up child means that you don’t have a child anymore, and that is sad. When the grown-up child leaves home, that is sadder.
  21. You see much more of your children after they leave home.
  22. Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
  23. I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.
  24. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.
  25. Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.


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