25 Great Empty-Nesting Quotes That Will Inspire You!

Transitioning to an empty-nester isn’t always easy. You’ll need to reinvent yourself a little after the children have moved out, and even as you let go of your changing role, you’ll always be a parent. So, rather than feeling sad (which is natural), read through these great empty-nesting quotes.

As an empty-nester, you can look forward to more time to take care of yourself, plan road trips, and take romantic getaways. You might even decide to take a long-stay vacation as a winter “snowbird” or leave the country altogether and become an “expat”. The most important thing to adjusting is your mindset.

If you’re stuck, these empty-nest sayings will help you come to terms with your feelings, possibly even inspire you to embrace this new phase of life. Because, who knows? You may discover as I have, the best is yet to come!

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Empty-Nesting Quotes About Reinventing Yourself

1. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”.

—Albert Einstein

2. “You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream”

—C.S Lewis

3. “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.”

—Natalie Cane

4. “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.”

Wayne Dyer

5. “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.”

6. “Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”

—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

7. “The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different….”

—Carl Jung

Empty-Nesting Quotes About Letting Go

8. “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”.

—Melody Beattie

9. “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

—Ann Landers

10. “Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.”

—Melissa Marr

11. “You will never achieve what you are capable of if you are too attached to the things you need to let go of.”

—Unknown

12. “Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way.”

—Jack Kornfield

13. “To raise a child who is comfortable enought to leave you means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.

—Author Unknown

Funny Empty Nest Quotes

14. “Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.”

—Karen Savage and Patricia Adams

15. “When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they’re not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They’re upset because they’ve gone from supervisor of a child’s life to a spectator. It’s like being the vice president of the United States.”

—Erma Bombeck

16. “You see much more of your children after they leave home.”

—Lucille Ball

Quotes About Parenting As An Empty Nester / Child Leaving the Nest Quotes

17. “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”

—The Dalai Lama

18. “A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.”

—Elizabeth Gaskell

19. “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.”

—Robert Rodriquez

20. “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.”

—Ann Landers

21. “A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.”

—Elizabeth Gaskell

22. “The ‘empty nest’ comes quickly. Do not squander your most previous privilege of participating in the lives of your children.”

—Unknown

Positive Quotes for Empty Nesters

23. “Your child’s life will be filled with fresh experiences. It’s good if yours is as well.”

—Dr. Margaret Rutherford

24. “The biggest change for me as a mom was realizing I needed to put someone else before me. Now the hardest part about the empty nest is learning to put myself first.”

—Kim Alexis

25. “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do, too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”

—Joyce Maynard

Final Thoughts on Empty-Nesting Quotes

As an empty-nester myself, I realize how difficult this transition can be—for some parents more than others. But there’s another way to look at things by considering the wisdom of these authors and empty-nesting quotes. With any luck, you’ll be inspired to begin living your best life!

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Which of these empty nest syndrome quotes resonate with you? Did we miss a quote that you think belongs on this list of empty-nesting quotes? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

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