Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Make a Little Boom”

 

“You’re always heard. 
But just so you know, any prayers, comments, or musings that end in question marks, like ‘Can I?’ ‘May I?’ or ‘Will you?’ are usually answered in question marks, like ‘Maybe?’ ‘Sometimes?’ or ‘Depends?’

Whereas those that end in ‘Thank you!’ ‘Hallelujah!’ or ‘Hubba-hubba!’ are immediately fast-tracked.

Make a little ‘Boom!’  Your clarity is ours.”   (Notes from the Universe, Tom Dooley)

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“I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want.”    (George B. Shaw)

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“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny bit of magic, all your dreams can come true.”   (Spongebob Squarepants)

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“My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.”   (Elain Maxwell)

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“I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.  But maybe if you could have the faith to start with, maybe the times would change.  You could change them.  Think about it.  Try.  And try not to hurt each other.”   (Oh, God!, the movie)

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“At the end of the day, we all want to feel ‘fought’ for.  We want to feel like somebody cared enough to want to hold onto us.  We all just want somebody who won’t quit on us on our potential when they get frustrated with our mistakes.”   (Rob Hill Sr.)

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“Heroes Were Ordinary People”

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States.  This is a day in which we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  To many of us, anyone who joins the military is considered a hero since they have given their lives, in living and in death at times, to honor, protect and defend our liberty and way of life.  A simple “thank you” to those who are serving and who have served.  (AP)

 

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time.”   (Chesty Puller (USMC, when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during the Korean War)

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to, live by them.”   (John F. Kennedy)

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“Heroes didn’t leap tall building or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes.  They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving.  Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossible knotted, they could untangle someone else’s.”   (Jodi Picoult, Second Glance)

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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man (woman), but he (she) is brave five minutes longer.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“My Critics Are Liars

 

“The mightiest works start with the smallest steps.  Like the skipper who simply hoisted the sails for the yacht to circumnavigate the globe.  Like the farmer who planted the seeds that grew into an abundant harvest.  And like the little angel who simply imagined the day of becoming all that you now are. 

How in the world are you going to top “YOU?”  You’re on a roll.    (signed) The Universe”    (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, October 23, 2014)

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“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”   (Gladiator, movie)

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“I will prove by my life that my critics are liars.”   (Plato)

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“You become what you believe.”   (Oprah Winfrey)

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“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”   (Edmund Lee)

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“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”   (Unknown Author)

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“Do Whatever It Ta

 

“Morning Prayer –

Dear Lord,

So far today, Lord, I have done all right.

I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent.

I am very thankful for that but in a few minutes, Lord, I am going to get out of bed, and then from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot more help.

Amen.”   (Unknown Author)

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“‎What does it mean if I’m afraid?  Does it mean something bad is going to happen?  No, it doesn’t mean something bad is going to happen.  It just means that you have the chance to be brave.”   (C. JoyBell C.)

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“Be soft.  Do not let the world make you hard.  Do not let pain make you hate.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree; you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”   (Kurt Vonnegut)

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“Do whatever it takes – meditate, exercise, pray, read, write, listen to music, whatever you find that works – to ignite your awareness daily.  Then you will create and contribute to Life as you have never contributed before.”   (Neale Donald Walsch)

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“Nothing is ever lost in this adventure of all adventures.  The lessons and discoveries of every single life, no matter how large or small, difficult or easy, are added to the whole.  Like stones in the base of a pyramid, they permanently raise and forever support every manner of adventure that follows.  And so it is that the hearts of those who came first continue to beat in all subsequent generations forevermore.

Every single life is added to the whole, and yet each remains its precious unique self.

I got you, babe.   (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Tom Dooley, October 10, 2014)

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“You Have Little Time Left, and None of It For Crap”

 

“Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit.”   (Chuck Palahniuk, Diary)

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“You have little time left, and none of it for crap.  A fine state.  I would say that the best of us always comes out when we are against the wall, when we feel the sword dangling overhead. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”   (Carlos Castaneda)

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“There is no greater burden than great potential.”   (Charles M. Schulz)

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“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between an average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the necessary speed, the prowess, to pick it up.”   (Carlos Castaneda)

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“Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion.  The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence.  Your challenges may become your greatest assets.”   (Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now)

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“Loosen up.  Relax.  Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.”   (Jackson Brown Jr.)

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“A Genius – The Ability to Recognize”

 

“Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems.  Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them.”   (Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza)

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“You don’t have to do “it” right, you just have to try to do it right.

And then you will have done it right.

Works for me.

You know, visualizing, sauntering, acting with faith, being positive, raising the bar, living with gratitude, or just tootling.    (signed)   The Universe”   (Notes From the Universe, Mike Dooley, April 4, 2014)

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“A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master.  ‘People say you are a genius,’ he asked.  ‘Are you?’

‘You might say so,’ said the Master, none too modestly.

‘And what makes one a genius?’

‘The ability to recognize.’

‘Recognize what?’

‘To recognize the butterfly in a caterpillar; the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being,’ said the Master.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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“What man is a man who does not make the world better.”  (Balian of Ibelin, Kingdom of Heaven movie)

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“Try pretending that all you now believe to be real, is not.  And that all you wish to be real, is.  If only for a few minutes each day.

Then, try acting like all you wish to be real already is real.  With just a word here, a sentence there, or some little demonstration.  If only in private.

Before long, you won’t even remember if what you used to believe was real or just a dream.

I’m pretending you already do this stuff whenever you want change.  ‘Who me?  I never thought that!’  We hear it all the time.  (signed)  The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, June 25, 2014)

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“Impossibility, Truth, Initiative, and Innocence”

 

“Impossibility only lasts until you find new unbelievable hard evidences.”   (Toba Beta)

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“Nothing heals, helps, cures, mends, builds, clears, stabilizes, fixes, balances, restores, corrects, inspires, enables, empowers, enlightens or tickles better than the truth.

Ask for it by name.    (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, April 4, 2014)

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“Initiating comes from imagination. An atmosphere where people initiate can only come from a place where dreaming is encouraged.

Leaders imagine a world that they would like to be a part of, a world worth fighting for. With this vision and all the emotion that gets stirred up in the heart, the leader begins to initiate. They see the issue or challenge that not everyone else sees and lead people to do something about it that was not done before.  Passion sparks initiative, a tremendous focus, belief, desire, and drive.”   (Seth Godin)

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‘I think that’s the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential.”    (Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole)

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“Don’t be afraid to be weak

Don’t be too proud to be strong

Just look into your heart my friend

That will be the return to yourself

The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh

If you must, then start to cry

Be yourself don’t hide

Just believe in destiny

Don’t care what people say

Just follow your own way

Don’t give up and miss the chance

To return to innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end

That’s the return to yourself

The return to innocence

Don’t care what people say

Just follow your own way

Don’t give up and miss the chance

to return to innocence.”   (Enigma)

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“Philosophy is Common Sense With Big Words.”

 

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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The key to a better life:

  • Complain less, appreciate more.
  • Whine less, laugh more.
  • Talk less, listen more.
  • Want less, give more.
  • Hate less, love more.
  • Scold less, praise more.
  • Fear less, hope more.”  (Michael Josephson, ‘CharacterCounts’)

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“I think there’s an invisible principle of living too.  If we believe we’re guided through every step of our lives, we are.  It’s a lovely sight, watching it work.”   (Richard Bach)

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(Ali on how he’d like to be remembered) “One who took a few cups of love, one teaspoon of patience, one tablespoon of generosity, one pint of kindness.  Then you mix it up and stir it well.  Then you spread it over the span of a lifetime and you served it to each and every deserving person you met.”

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“Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim.  Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”   (Robert Frost)

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“There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are.  You want one and I want one, but there isn’t one.  It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way.”   (Marya Hornbacher)

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“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”   (James Madison)

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“Every Situation Becomes an Opportunity to Heal”

 

“All the elements for your happiness are already here.  There’s no need to run, strive, search or struggle.      Just be.”   (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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“The soul creates, the mind reacts.  The soul understands what the mind cannot conceive.  The soul speaks to you in feelings. Listen… follow [and] honor your feelings.”   (Neale Donald Walsch)

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“One of the basic needs of every human being is the need to be loved, to have our wishes and feelings taken seriously, to be validated as people who matter.”   (Harold Kushner)

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“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.”   (Brian Tracy)

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Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal.”   (A Course in Miracles)

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“I Won’t Back Down”

 

“How do you defeat terrorism?  Don’t be terrorized.”   (Salman Rushdie)

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“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.”   (Colin Powell)

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“Well I won’t back down

No I won’t back down

You can stand me up at the gates of hell

But I won’t back down.”   (Tom Petty, Conversations with Tom Petty)

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“There are more good people than bad people, and overall there’s more that’s good in the world than there is that’s bad.  We just need to hear about it, we just need to see it.”   (Tucker Elliot, The Day Before 9/11)

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“Promise me you’ll always remember:  You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”   (A. A. Milne)

 

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