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.

Archive for the category “Change”

“Remember Where You Came From / Life Moves On”

 

“My importance to the world is relatively small.  On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous.  I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy.  It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own.  I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.”   (Noel Coward)

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“It seems as if only now I really know who I am.  My strengths, my weaknesses, my jealousies – it’s as if all of it has been boiling in a pot for all these years, and as it boils, it evaporates into steam, and all that’s left in the pot in the end is your essence, the stuff you started out with in the very beginning.”   (Kirk Douglas)

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“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes.  Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.  Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.  Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”   (Henry Miller)

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“Remember where you came from, where you’re going, and why you created this mess you got yourself into in the first place.”   (Richard Bach, Illusions)

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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”   (Kahlil Gibran)

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“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“It only takes one person to change your life:  you.”   (Ruth Casey)

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“Believe There is a Great Power Silently Working

 

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”   (Konrad Adenauer)

 

 

A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.

‘Monk!’ He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.

‘Teach me about heaven and hell!’

The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,

‘Teach you about heaven and hell?  I couldn’t teach you about anything.  You’re dumb.  You’re dirty.  You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class.  Get out of my sight.  I can’t stand you.’

The samurai got furious.  He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage.  He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.

Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,

‘That’s hell.’

The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell!  He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.

The monk said softly,

‘And that’s heaven.’”   (Excerpted from Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values)

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“Every act of kindness gets the nod, opens the heart, dampens the fear, turns the page, ups the ante, tips the point, heightens the joy, changes the world, rows the boat, adds to the love, and if you’ve been rather extraordinary lately, turns Thursdays into Fridays.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley)

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“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”   (Beatrix Potter)

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“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did for all those people, well, maybe everyone can.  Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”   (I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak)

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“Let’s Create Heaven on Earth”

 

“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”   (Dr. Robert Schuller)

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We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”   (Max DuPree)

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We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   (Aristotle)

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”   (Anais Nin)

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The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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“If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”   (Goethe)

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“Some things don’t sound like they look.

Others don’t look like they sound.

There are friends who don’t act like friends.

And enemies who’d never dream of hurting anyone.

But, do you know what the strangest thing about time and space is?

Your thoughts will never betray you.  They will strive to become things.  You can change your circumstances on a dime.  And where you’ve been, has no bearing on where you can still go.

Let’s create heaven on earth, one life at a time, beginning with yours.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, December 8, 2014)

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“There Has Never Been Another You”

 

“Are you a born writer?  Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace?  In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way.  If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself.  You hurt your children.  You hurt me.  You hurt the planet.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got.”   (Steven Pressfield, The War of Art:  Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles)

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“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.  You may have to work for it, however.”   (Richard Bach)

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“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”  (Milton Berle)

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“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)

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“A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world.  There is nothing that is an accident.  You are a special combination for a purpose and don’t let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion.  (Live an illusion if you have to).  You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do.  Don’t ever believe that you have nothing to contribute.  The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry.  And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.”   (Leo Buscaglia)

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“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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“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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