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.

“You Are Pure Energy”


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”   (Norman Vincent Peale)



“We are what we believe we are.”   (C.S. Lewis)



“People do not decide to become extraordinary.  They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”   (Edmund Hillary)



“My motto is ‘Impossible Is Nothing.’

It’s like ‘If you set your mind to it, you can do anything.’”   (The Gazette)



“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.”   (Richard Branson)



It is understandably human nature to see yourself as small.

Until you stop seeing yourself as just human.

Should be easy for you.

You are pure energy:  infinite, inexhaustible, and irresistible.   (signed)  The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, April 15, 2013)


“We Make Ourselves Strong”


“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”   (Frank Ogden)



“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’  Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”   (Charlie Brown)



“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate.  It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”  (Leo Rosten)



“The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.”   (Carlos Castaneda)



“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”   (Jack Welch)


“Yeah, Just Do It”


“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”   (Unknown Author)



“Erase from your vocabulary the word ‘someday.’  Do not save things for ‘special occasions.’  Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for.  Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses… just because. 

Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it.”   (Rodolfo Costa)



“Of course you chose your life.  Your time and place of birth.  Your parents. Your leanings and inclinations.  Hair color.  Height.  Your savoir-faire.  So that now, on a stage of your own design, you’d have all you need to become all you want.  Wow!   (signed)  The Universe.   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 6.29.15)



“Yeah, just do it.  Even though you did not achieve what you dreamt of, you won’t lose anything.  You’ll be gaining something great by just doing it. Having your dreams come true comes second.  Take the first move, work for your dream.”   (Aoi-The GazettE)



“My only regret is that

I didn’t tell enough people

to fuck off.”   (My 92 year old grandma, via lipstickbabe)


“I’m With You Kid. Let’s Go.”

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told:

‘I’m with you kid.  Let’s go.’”   (Maya Angelou)



“There has never been another you.  With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart.  What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.”    (Dan Zadra)



“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”   (Goethe)



“I can’t believe God put us on this earth to be ordinary.”   (Lou Holtz)



Kicking and screaming (vs. singing and dancing).

Unfair things happen.  You might be diagnosed with a disease, demoted for a mistake you didn’t make, convicted of a crime you didn’t commit.  The ref might make a bad call, an agreement might be abrogated, a partner might let you down.

Our instinct is to fight these unfairnesses, to succumb if there’s no choice, but to go down kicking and screaming.  We want to make it clear that we won’t accept injustice easily, we want to teach the system a lesson, we want them to know that we’re not a pushover.

But will it change the situation?  Will the diagnosis be changed, the outcome of the call be any different?

What if, instead, we went at it singing and dancing?  What if we walked into our four-year prison sentence determined to learn more, do more and contribute more than anyone had ever dreamed?  What if we saw the derailment of one path as the opportunity to grow or to invent or to find another path?

This is incredibly difficult work, but it seems far better than the alternative.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, February 18, 2015)


“The Beginning of Wisdom”


“Do you know what’s better than waking up to a 6 AM alarm clock, dashing through the house for work, and then suddenly realizing it’s the weekend and you can go back to bed?

Having so much fun, with so many friends, laughing so hard, spending, dining, being merry, and suddenly realizing that this time, you’re not just visualizing.

Happens every day.

I meant to add that this happens every day especially for those who visualize.   (signed)   The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, July 3, 2015)



“Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect.  If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect.  In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention.  … 

Feel you intentions in your heart.  Feel not what your mind tells you, but what your heart tells you.”   (‘Thoughts from the Seat of Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process’, Gary Zukav)



“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”   (Socrates)



“There is nothing instructive in a wise saying.  It does not impart to you a skill; it does not provide you new information.  It is education in the purest sense – a drawing out of what has been latent in your understanding.  Your pleasure in the saying does not come from having learned something but from having something you knew elucidated and confirmed.  What we call wisdom is the expression of what we already know in our hearts.”   (Round Up the Usual Subjects, Thoughts on Just About Everything by Robert Brault)


“Do Something Extraordinary”

“I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”   (Samuel Goldwyn)



Anonymous asked:  ‘How are you?’

Answered by Try-to-Stay-Positive:

‘I’m happy, very content, because right now extraordinary things are happening around the world. 

Right now …

A soldier of sorts is diligently fighting the fight so you don’t have to.

A small group of people are building something that will soon make the impossible possible.

A piece of literature is being written that will eventually change your perspective on life.

Young children all over the world are singing and dancing before they even realize there is anything that isn’t music.

A friend is helping a friend rise above thoughts of suicide.

Hundreds of cute elderly couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

A baby girl just took her first few steps without falling.

A future world leader is in grade school at recess.

Someone is in the process of sincerely forgiving a seemingly unforgivable act.

There’s a kid studying hard somewhere who aspires to get to where you are in life.

A firefighter is running into a burning building to rescue a perfect stranger.

Someone is taking a shower and singing happily at the top of their lungs.

There is someone out there who smiles when they think of a specific moment they once shared with you.

A young man is pulled over on the side of the road helping a young woman change a flat tire.

Two teenagers just received their very first kiss ever from each other.

A husband and wife who were drowning in debt five years ago proudly hold a balance of zero on their credit cards.

Someone is hugging a friend who desperately needs it.

A grandfather is holding his granddaughter’s hand and they’re both smiling from ear to ear.

A breast cancer patient just found out her cancer is in complete remission.

Someone out there is missing you and looking forward to your next visit.

Someone is holding the door open for the person behind them.

Right now is a new beginning.  Right now is an opportunity.

Do something extraordinary.’”   (Unknown Author)


“Every single morning I wake with a bang,’ he said.  ‘It’s as though the fact that I am alive is injected into me; I am a character in a fairy tale, bursting with life.”   (Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery)



“Friends and partners to celebrate life with, abundance to enhance any adventure, and mountains to perch atop, all arrive when you dwell upon the celebration, the adventure, and the view.  Not names, lotteries, or the path you think wisest.

Because I want you to have them all; yes, you can have whatever you want, anything.  Just don’t confuse what you want with how you’re going to get it.   (signed)   The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, June 24, 2015)



“I am the boss of my underpants.  You can be the boss of yours.”   (Ragen Chastain)


“Dogs, Angels and Heaven”

“I heard somebody define heaven once,” she said, looking at Pearl, “as a place where, when you get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you.”   (Robert B. Parker)



“Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously.  They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, et cetera.  If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special.  If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic.  But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more.  However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being?  Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day — we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.”   (Jonathan Carroll)



“Heaven goes by favor.  If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”   (Mark Twain)



“My grandfather used to say that if God did not allow a man to be reunited with his dogs in the next life He was no God worth worshipping; that if a dog did not have a soul, then nothing had.”  (John Connolly, The Wrath of Angels:  A Charlie Parker Thriller)



“Dogs and angels are not very far apart.”   (Charles Bukowski)



“Having a dog or cat will open your heart.  Reading a book will open your mind.  Having both a pet & a book … absolute heaven.”   (Mark Rubinstein)


“The Biggest Cause of Excellence is the Story We Tell Ourselves”


“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.  Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”   (Franklin D. Roosevelt)



“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”   (William Arthur Ward)



“One of the critical decisions of every career:

‘Well, there’s plenty more to do, I’ll do the least I can here and then move on to the next one.’


‘I only get to do this one, once.  So I’ll do it as though it’s the last chance I’ll ever have to do this work, to please this customer, to ring this bell.’

As little as possible.  Or as much.  The system might push you to become mediocre, but that very same system rewards excellence.  The perception that the minimum is viable is built deep into our notion of productivity, but it turns out that the maximum is valuable indeed. The biggest cause of excellence is the story we tell ourselves about our work. 

It’s a choice, a commitment and a lifelong practice.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 17, 2015)



“What is success?  It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Sure, I used to believe in accidents, coincidences, and chance… until one memorable day, when I stared out at the world from your very eyes, listened to it with your very ears, felt it with your very heart, all while thinking your very thoughts, and all at once I realized:   You had become everything I’d ever dreamed you’d be.   Nice going,   (signed)   The Universe.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, June 12, 2015)


“Who Am I?”


“There are something like 18 billion cells in the brain alone.  There are no two brains alike; there are no two hands alike; there are no two human beings alike.  You can take your instructions and your guidance from others, but you must find your own path.”   (Joseph Campbell)



“The year you were born marks only your entry into the world.  Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.”   (Jarod Kintz)



“In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.”   (David Blaine)



“Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.”   (Shannon L. Alder)



“Life is a valuable and unique opportunity

to discover who you are.

But it seems as soon as you near

answering that age-old question,

something unexpected always happens

to alter your course.

And who it is you thought you were

suddenly changes.


Then comes the frustrating realization

that no matter how long life endures,

no matter how many experiences

are muddled through in this existence,

you may never really be able

to answer the question…..

Who am I? 

Because the answer, like the seasons,

constantly, subtly, inevitably changes.

And who it is you are today,

is not the same person you will be tomorrow.”   (Richelle E. Goodrich, Eena, The Dawn and Rescue)


“There is One Rule”

“There is one rule recognized in some form or other within every major human culture I have been able to investigate … the Golden Rule:  ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others the way you would want to be treated in their place.’

This is probably the most famous moral rule ever promulgated. And it’s found in culture after culture, every time and place. It’s expressed in many forms, but the main thrust is remarkably the same. Here are a few examples:

Confucianism: ‘Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you.’

Buddhism: ‘Seek for others the happiness you desire for yourself. Hurt not others with that which pains you.’

Hinduism: ‘All your duties are included in this: Do nothing to others that would pain you if it were done to you.’

Judaism: ‘That which is hurtful to you, do not do to your fellow man.’

Islam: ‘Let none of you treat his brother in a way he himself would not like to be treated. No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’

Taoism: ‘View your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.’

Christianity: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’   (If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Tom Morris)

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