One of the keys to great mental health is the ability to choose our thoughts wisely, to be selective in terms of what we allow in our everyday life as well as our imagination.

Similarly, we have to be consciously aware of what our identity is made of. Does the past define your identity? Or is it the future — your plans, dreams, goals, ambitions?

The truth is that your identity is so pliable and ever-changing that it can be literally whatever you want; it’s your choice.

And you’ll find that more often than not, it doesn’t really make sense to identify with your past.

Because you are not it; because it’s gone; and because your memories are often anchors and not wings.

I am not my past quotes

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.


I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.

Carl Jung

I give you this to take with you: nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.

Judith Minty

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.

Anna Quindlen

To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.

Jack Kornfield

Recreate your life, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.

Cora Coralina

It’s hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I’ve learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place.

Angelina Jolie

Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.

Robin Sharma

Reinvent yourself over and over and over and over and over until you find home. There is no timeline for the soul.

Malebo Sephodi

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

Marianne Williamson

You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old — whatever “the old” means for you.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Rebirth and transformation quotes

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.

Mahatma Gandhi

No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself.


It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.


The only way you survive is, you continuously transform into something else.

Ginni Rometty

Life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself.

Boris Pasternak

As long as you’re still alive, you always have the chance to start again.

Emily Acker

Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death; remembrance of it is rebirth.

Ramana Maharshi

If you want to fly, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go of the past that drags you down.

Amit Ray

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.

Guy Finley

Past and future quotes

Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.

Arnold H. Glasow

The past does not equal the future unless you live there.

Tony Robbins

Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.

Steve Maraboli

The future does not exist. The only thing that exists is now and our memory of what happened in the past. But because we invented the idea of a future, we are the only animal that realized we can affect the future by what we do today.

David Suzuki

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

The past gives you an identity, and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment, in whatever form. Both are illusions.

Eckhart Tolle

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.

Marcel Pagnol

I don’t care too much what happened in the past. I prefer to focus on what is coming next, and I am really looking forward to it.

Sebastian Vettel

Short I am not my past quotes

I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me.

Deepak Chopra

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

T. S. Eliot

Life moves on and so should we.

Spencer Johnson

A sunrise is God’s way of saying: “let’s start again”.

Todd Stocker

Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone.

Steve Maraboli

The past is where it’s supposed to be.

Jason Newsted

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.

James Russell Lowell

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

Create your future from your future, not your past.

Werner Erhard

Let it all go, see what stays.


The beginning is always today.

Mary Shelley