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.

“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)

“Shine Your Little Heart Out”

“In the short run, there are two types of people who live in darkness:  those who are desperate to emerge and those who are desperate to stay.

When you finally realize that part of the reason you chose this lifetime was to shine your light for the first type, you’ll stop worrying about what the second type thinks of you.  Shine your little heart out.   (signed)     The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Tom Dooley, 5.23.14)



“Three of the four most important lessons I ever learned in life came from my stepdad:

  • The only person you can count on in life is yourself.
  • You can’t be happy with someone else until you’re happy with yourself.
  • Don’t lie and don’t break your word.

*Note:  The fourth lesson came from my Aunt Jen, who taught me, ‘If you’re interested in a girl, always meet her mom because all girls end up eventually turning into their moms, with no exceptions.’”    (Bill Simmons)



“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead:  What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”    (Tim Ferriss)



“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.”   (Henry C. Link)



“’It is very hard to be brave,’ said Piglet, sniffing slightly, ‘when you’re only a Very Small Animal.’
Rabbit, who had begun to write very busily, looked up and said:  ‘It is because you are a very small animal that you will be Useful in the adventure before us.’”  
(Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Piglet)


“You Can Only Whine for So Long”

“You can only whine for so long.  Then you need to get your life back.”   (Marya Hornbacher)



“Use your mistakes to focus.  They draw attention to an area that needs more attention, so give it that attention.  Challenge yourself to do better next time.  Instead of saying, ‘I’m so bad at this,’ say ‘I’m better than this.’  That’s how you use mistakes to your advantage. 

Forgive yourself easily, but remember the lessons you learn from mistakes.  You’ve earned them after all.”   (Tynan, Superhuman by Habit)



“It’s all connected.  You can’t really define the right action until you know the outcome, and your outcome is disconnected from reality if you’re not clear about what you need to do physically to make it happen.  You can get at it from either direction, and you must, to get things done.

As an expert in whole-brained learning and good friend of mine, Steven Snyder, put it, ‘There are only two problems in life: (1) you know what you want, and you don’t know how to get it; and/or (2) you don’t know what you want.’  If that’s true (and I think it is) then there are only two solutions:

Make it up.

Make it happen.”   (David Allen, Getting Things Done)



“Straight from the fabled Akashic Records …

Time and Space is where you chase things you pretend you don’t have – love, friends, and abundance – while worrying about things you pretend you do have – problems, challenges, and issues.  Until one day, you happen to notice the prophetic powers of pretending.

In case that helps any.  Pretend it!”   (signed)  The Universe.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 3.31.14)


“The New 10 Commandments:

  1. Laugh
  2. Read
  3. Say please.
  4. Floss
  5. Doubt
  6. Exercise
  7. Learn
  8. Don’t hate.
  9. Cut the bullshit.
  10. Chill”   (Unknown Author)


“The Little Space Within the Heart …”

“I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.”   (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment)


Courageous is the soul who adventures into time and space to learn of their divinity.  For while they cannot lose, they can think they have, and the loss will seem intolerable.  And while they cannot fail, they can think they have, and the pain will seem unbearable.  And while they cannot ever be less than they truly are – powerful, eternal, and loved – they can think they are, and all hope will seem lost.

And therein lies their test.  A test of perceptions:  of what to focus on, of what to believe in, in spite of appearances.     (signed)      The Universe    (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 5.11.15)



“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.  You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over.  But one thing is certain.  When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.  That’s what this storm’s all about”   (Haruki Murakami)



“The truth is always an abyss.  One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.”   (Alan Watts)


“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.  The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars.  Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.”   (The Upanishads)


“Stop Trying to Find the Forest and Just Enjoy the Trees”

“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”   (Ram Dass)



“Are you certain that you’re trapped?

To be actually trapped is to have no options, no choices, no possible outcomes other than the one you fear.

Most of the time, when we think we’re trapped, we’re actually unhappy with the short-term consequences of making a choice.  Make the choice, own the outcome and you can start in a new place.

This is often frightening and painful, which is one reason it might be easier to pretend that we’re actually trapped.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, May 4, 2015)



“We have all been hypnotized into thinking that we are smaller than we are.  Just as an undersized flowerpot keeps a mighty tree root-bound or a little fishbowl keeps goldfish tiny, we have adapted, adjusted, and accommodate to a Lilliputian life.  But place the same tree in an open field or the fish in a lake, and they will grow to hundreds of times their size.  Unlike the tree or goldfish, you are not dependent on someone else to move you.  You have the power to move yourself.  You can step into a broader domain and grown to your full potential.”   (Alan Cohen, Why Your Life Sucks)



“Make it up.  Make it happen.

It’s all connected.  You can’t really define the right action until you know the outcome, and your outcome is disconnected from reality if you’re not clear about what you need to do physically to make it happen.  You can get at it from either direction, and you must, to get things done.

As an expert in whole-brained learning and good friend of mine, Steven Snyder, put it, ‘There are only two problems in life:  (1)  you know what you want, and you don’t know how to get it; and/or (2)  you don’t know what you want.”  If that’s true (and I think it is) then there are only two solutions:  Make it up.  Make it happen.”   (David Allen, Getting Things Done)


So often, we define ourselves by the pain in our lives.  It is our way of attracting the attention of the universe.  ‘Look at me.  Look at what the world has done.’  But seldom do we take the time to realize that we are in control of that pain, as much as we are in control of surviving it.  They are one and the same.”   (Ronald Andrés Moore)



“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to ‘find your passion’ and ‘know what it is you want to do’.  It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life.  For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose.  This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are.  Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.”   (Sally Coulter)


‘I’m Not the Kind of Person Who …’


‘I’m not the kind of person who …’

“We box ourselves in long before the outside world ever gets a chance.

‘I’m not the kind of person who watches movies like that.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who proposes new ideas.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who reads books for fun.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who apologizes.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who gets a promotion.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who says ‘follow me’.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who’ …    is up to you.”   (Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin, 4.14.15)



“The thing that most forget while dreamily looking off into the horizon for the ship of their dreams is that such ships never sail in but are actually built beneath their very feet.  Get my drift?  …    (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 4.14.15)



“Buddha left a road map,

Jesus left a road map,

Krishna left a road map,

Rand McNally left a road map. 

But you still have to travel the road yourself.”   (Stephen Levine)



“Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’

It will only be time wasted.

The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ 

To that there is an answer.”   (Leo Buscaglia)



“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”   (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’)

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