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.

“One Defines Oneself by Reinvention” / “You, Too, Can Become Great”

 

“The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.…  They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the Vision of their heart.  They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it ‘luck’; do not see the long and arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant ‘good fortune’; do not understand the process; but only perceive the result, and call it ‘chance.’

In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”   (James Allen, As a Man Thinketh)

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”   (Robert F. Kennedy)

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“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line.  That means not only being brave, but being passionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.”   (Phil Jackson)

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“It’s like there’s this person that you want to be for other people … To make them happy and make them proud of you.  And then there’s yourself.  Sometimes it’s really hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.”   (Dawson Creek)

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“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.  To not be like your parents.  To not be like your friends.  To be yourself.  To cut yourself out of stone.”   (Henry Rollins)

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“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”   (Mark Twain)

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“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be.  Become one yourself!”   (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

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“What You Think You Become”

 

“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”

(Søren Kierkegaard)

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“How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?”

(David ‘Doc’ Luben, 14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes)

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“Don’t be too hard on yourself.  There are plenty of people willing to do that for you.  Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do.  Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”

(Susan Gale)

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“What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless:  well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.”

(Sylvia Plath)

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“And why do we fall?  So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

(Thomas Wayne, ‘Batman Begins’)

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“If you do what you need, you’re surviving.  If you do what you want, you’re living.”  

(Unknown Author)

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“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”

(Erich Fromm)

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“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

(Steve Martin)

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“The mind is everything.  What you think you become.”

(Buddha)

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“Let’s Try to Live the Best We Can Now”

 

“May the Lord have mercy on my soul

Forgive me for my fetishes, my purchases, my clothes

Allow me to catch my rhythm so the nervousness just goes.”   (Brave Heart lyrics by Lupe Fiasco)

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“Pain doesn’t just show up in our lives for no reason.  It’s a sign that something in our life needs to change.”   (Mandy Hale)

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“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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“Nobody can decide for himself whether he is going to be a human being. The only question open to him is whether he will be an ignorant undeveloped one or one who has sought to reach the highest point he is capable of attaining.”   (Robert Maynard Hutchins)

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“If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire.”   (St. Catherine of Siena)

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“We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”   (Kurt Vonnegut)

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“No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let’s try to live the best we can now.”   (Ziggy Marley)

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“You Can’t Please Everyone” / “And You Are Beautiful”

 

“Would there be any point in giving you the gift of imagination, the freedom to think as you choose, and dreams that set your soul on fire if even a single one of them couldn’t come true? 

I think not.  Think of the implications.

I love you too, too much.

Tallyho,     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 7.7.14)

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“It’s not about you.

Right in the front row, not four feet from Christian McBride, was every performer’s bête noire. I don’t know why she came to the Blue Note, maybe it was to make her date happy. But she was yawning, checking her watch, looking around the room, fiddling with this and that, doing everything except being engaged in the music.

McBride seemed to be too professional and too experienced to get brought down by her disrespect and disengagement.  Here’s what he knew:  It wasn’t about him, it wasn’t about the music, it wasn’t a response to what he was creating.

Haters gonna hate.

Shun the non-believers.

Do your work, your best work, the work that matters to you.  For some people, you can say, ‘hey, it’s not for you.’  That’s okay.  If you try to delight the undelightable, you’ve made yourself miserable for no reason.

It’s sort of silly to make yourself miserable, but at least you ought to reserve it for times when you have a good reason.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 10, 2014)

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“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”   (Bill Cosby)

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“You can’t please everyone.  When you’re too focused on living up to other people’s standards, you aren’t spending enough time raising your own.  Some people may whisper, complain and judge.  But for the most part, it’s all in your head.  People care less about your actions than you think.  Why?  They have their own problems!”   (Kriss Carr)

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“Some lose all mind and become soul, insane.

some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.

some lose both and become accepted.”   (Charles Bukowski)

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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed.  And you are beautiful.”   (Amy Bloom)

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“It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.”   (Tim Howard, USA Soccer Team Player, quote in his yearbook)

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“Always Dream of How It’s Going to Be”

“Your choice.

Habits are a choice

Giving is a choice

Reactions are a choice

Ideas are a choice

Connections are a choice

Reputation is a choice

The work is a choice

Words are a choice

Leading is a choice

No one can be responsible for where or how we each begin.  No one has the freedom to do anything or everything, and all choices bring consequences.  What we choose to do next, though, how to spend our resources or attention or effort, this is what defines us.”  (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 5.22.14)

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“Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly IS an ‘I’ in TEAM.  It is the same “I” that appears 3 times in RESPONSIBILITY.”   (Amber Harding)

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“Only those who can see the invisible can accomplish the impossible!”   (Patrick Snow)

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“In case you never get a second chance: don’t be afraid!  And what if you do get a second chance?  You take it!”  (C. JoyBell C.)

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“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places”   (Author Unknown)

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“We were always dreaming of how it was going to be.”   (George Lucas)

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“Change the World, Change Your Words”

 

The world is perfect.  It’s a mess.  It has always been a mess.  We are not going to change it.  Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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“Every morning is a fresh beginning.  Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new.  I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment — this day — is as good as any moment in all eternity.  I shall make of this day — each moment of this day — a heaven on earth.  This is my day of opportunity.”   (Dan Custer)

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“You can change your world by changing your words.  Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.”   (Joel Osteen)

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“I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones. Basically it is nothing other than this fear we have so often talked about, but fear spread to everything, fear of the greatest as of the smallest, fear, paralyzing fear of pronouncing a word, although this fear may not only be fear but also a longing for something greater than all that is fearful.”   (Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena:  Expanded and Revised, in a New Translation)

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“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.”   (Yogi Berra)

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”   (Anthony Robbins)

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“Words are a wonderful form of communication, but they will never replace kisses and punches.”   (Ashleigh Brilliant)

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“Life, Learn to Dance in the Rain / Life is Short, Move Slowly”

 

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”   (e. e. cummings)

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”   (Mark Twain)

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“If you don’t know, learn.  If you already know, apply.  If you know and have applied, improve.”   (Unknown Author)

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“If you care at all, you’ll get some results.  If you care enough, you’ll get incredible results.”   (Jim Rohn)

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”   (Vivian Greene)

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“All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”   (Unknown Author)

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“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”   (William Saroyan)

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“Life is so short we must move very slowly.”   (Thai saying)

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“A New Reality is Born”

 

“It’s one kind of victory to slay a beast, move a mountain, and cross a chasm, but it’s another kind altogether to realize that the beast, the mountain, and the chasm were of your own design.

Now you can move dem’ mountains or just make ‘em disappear… by looking the other way.     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’, 4.2.14)

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“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  

(Wayne W. Dyer)

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“Reality is what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is what we believe.

What we believe is based upon our perceptions.

What we perceive depends upon what we look for.

What we look for depends upon what we think.

What we think depends upon what we perceive.

What we perceive determines what we believe.

What we believe determines what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is our reality.”

(Gary Zukav, Dancing Wu Li Masters:  An Overview of the New Physics)

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“A mind set in its ways is wasted.  Don’t do it.”  

(Eric Schmidt)

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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  

(Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan)

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“Perception is transformed, and a new reality is born.”   

(Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol)

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“My Wish; the Passionate Sense of Potential”

 

“Some angels choose cleverly disguised lives in time and space, just to help folks get past judging by appearances.

No, they’re not much to look at, listen to, or dance with, and most would never guess they’re angels… but that’s the point.

Every soul is beautiful.

    (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 6.24.14)

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“Trust the one who can see these 3 things in you:

     Sorrow behind your smile,

     Love behind your anger, and

     Meaning behind your silence.”   (Kamari aka Lyrikal)

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Charlotte:  ‘I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.’

Bob:  ‘You’ll figure that out.  The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.’”   (Lost in Translation, movie)

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“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”   (Alexander Graham Bell)

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“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential – for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.  Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.”   (Søren Kierkegaard)

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“Words and Deeds. To Say Something is Easy; To Do Something is Difficult”

 

“Words and deeds make the consummate person.  It is to voice, what is good and to do what is honorable; the first evidences a good head, the second a good heart.  Together they give birth to a great soul. Words are the ghosts of deeds:  the former are the ewes, the latter the rams.  Of greater moment to be cheered, than to be the cheerleader.  To say something is easy, but to do something is difficult.  Achievement is the substance of life, and praise, its decoration.  Greatness in action endures, greatness in words passes.  For deeds are the fruits of the mind, which when wise, make triumphant.”   (Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Wordly Wisdom, 1647)

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“The person in life that you will always be with the most is yourself.  Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too!  When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, lying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself.  What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with?  What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep?  Because that person is yourself, and it’s your responsibility to be that person you want to be with.  I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who’s not full of hate, who’s able to smile and be carefree.  So that’s who I have to be.”  (C. JoyBell C.)

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“If you want to interact effectively with me, to influence me – your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss, your worker, your friend – your first need to understand me.  And you can’t do that with technique alone.  If I sense you’re using some technique, I sense duplicity, manipulation.  I wonder why you’re using it, what your motives are.  And I don’t feel safe enough to open myself up to you.”   (Stephen R. Covey, Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People)

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“Live your dreams now to any degree that you can.  With every purchase. Every decision. Every hello and goodbye.  Every assignment.  Every conversation.  Every meal.  Every morning, afternoon, and evening.  And never, ever, ever look back.  Reframe every thought, word, and deed from the perspective of the person you’ve always dreamed you’d be, as if your life was already as you’ve always dreamed it would be.  Die to yesterday’s illusions and be reborn to the truth of your vision.

And let’s just see if you can handle the torrent of treasures I send your way.  Thrilling you is what I live for.

Your greatest admirer, biggest fan, and truest friend.

     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’, 6.20.14)

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all.”   (Oscar Wilde)

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