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.

“Find the Unspeakable Fear and Speak It.”

 

“Don’t believe everything you think.”   (Bryon Katie)

 

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“What if every ‘no’” meant ‘not yet’? 

Every setback meant, ‘there’s something way better’? 

Every loss meant, ‘even more is on the way’? 

And every disappointment meant, ‘pucker up, buttercup’? 

Yeah, precisely.   (signed)  The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, February 17, 2017

 

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“Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams.”   (Steve Maraboli)

 

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“Sometimes life just walks up to you, excuses itself and punches you in the face.”   (Mike Kunda)

 

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“You always do what you want to do.  This is true with every act.  You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice.  Only you have the power to choose for yourself.”   (W. Clement Stone)

 

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“I’m afraid of that.

If you can say this out loud, when you’ve been holding back, avoiding your confrontation with the truth, you will free yourself to do something important.  Saying it takes away the power of the fear.

On the other hand, if you say it 8 times or 11 times or every time, you’re using the label to reinforce your fear, creating an easy escape hatch to avoid doing something important.  Saying it amplifies the fear.

The brave thing is to find the unspeakable fear and speak it.  And to stop rehearsing the easy fears that have become habits.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 7.11.15)

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“Let’s Think the Unthinkable”

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not ‘eff’ it after all.”   (Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)

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“Listen closely: the only time it’s too late to change yourself is when you’re dead.

Until then, you’re simply making excuses or lying to yourself.”   (Unknown Author)

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“And God said ‘Love Your Enemy,’ and I obeyed him and loved myself.”   (Khalil Gibran)

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“It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us.  Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly.  The whole world is in our own minds.  Learn to see things in the proper light.”   (Swami Vivekananda)

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“Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”   (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

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“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”   (Robert Fulghum)

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“What people need is a good listening to.”   (Mary Lou Casey)

 

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“Good Advice”

Good advice… is priceless.

Not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear.  Not imaginary, but practical. Not based on fear, but on possibility.  Not designed to make you feel better, designed to make you better.

Seek it out and embrace the true friends that care enough to risk sharing it.

I’m not sure what takes more guts — giving it or getting it.   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog   5.14.14)

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“Do more than belong:  participate.  Do more than care:  help.  Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair:  be kind.  Do more than forgive:  forget. Do more than dream:  work.”   (William A. Ward)

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“It has taken far too long to figure out that in life dumb just will happen, but stupid always is a choice, a decision, and stupid has consequences.  Our goal in life is to keep dumb and stupid far apart.  Remember, stupid always is a choice, and it usually has stupid consequences.  Think!”   (Fr. Brian Cavanaugh)

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“Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”   (William Durant)

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“Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery.  And I promise you, something great will come of it.” (Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo)

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“Live, so you do not have to look back and say:  ‘God, how I have wasted my life.’”  (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

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“You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”   (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)

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“You Are Ready to Keep Christmas!”

 

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open?  Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”   (Henry Van Dyke)

 

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“Christmas Gift Suggestions: 

To your enemy, forgiveness. 

To an opponent, tolerance. 

To a friend, your heart. 

To a customer, service. 

To all, charity. 

To every child, a good example. 

To yourself, respect.”   (Oren Arnold)

 

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“Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life needs to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”   (Robert Lynd)

 

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“Peace on earth will come to stay,

When we live Christmas every day.”   (Helen Steiner Rice)

 

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“Take Risks” / “Look Under Your Feet”

 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.”   (Anthony J. D’Angelo)

 

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“Take risks.

If you win, you will be happy; 

If you lose, you will be wise.”   (Anonymous)

 

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“When you hear ‘Repent for your past,’ realize it’s a great religious distraction from waking up.  Wake up!  That’s what repent means.  Not ‘weep for your sins.’  Wake up! Stop all the crying.  Understand!  Wake up!”   (Anthony De Mello)

 

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“None of us can predict with certainty the twists and turns our lives will take.  Life is uncertain, the future unknown.  This is neither good nor bad.  It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remains:  how to master our own fate, even so.”   (Jim Collins and Morten Hansen, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All)

 

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“The lesson which life constantly repeats is to ‘look under your feet.’

You are always nearer to the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.

The great opportunity is where you are.

Do not despise your own place and hour.

Every place is under the stars.

Every place is the center of the world.”   (John Burroughs)

 

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“We are here on Earth to do good to others.  What others are here for, I don’t know.”   (W.H. Auden)

 

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“These Are the Times / It’s What You Learn That Counts”

 

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”     (Eckhart Tolle)

 

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“You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine.”   (Bernard M. Baruch)

 

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“These are the times – when hopes are dashed and chaos abounds – that golden opportunities, prized ideas, and new friends emerge into the view of all, but at first are seen only by the few who look.

They’re everywhere, everywhere. 

Let’s go crazy.   (signed)    The Universe.”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from The Universe’  11.11.16)

 

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“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”   (Seth Godin, Small is the New Big)

 

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“Life isn’t just the front page – it’s the comics too.”   (Jim Althoff)

 

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”   (John Wooden)

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“That’s the Real Trouble With the World, Too Many People Grow Up”

 

 

“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny—he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed.  You are not here accidentally— you are here meaningfully.  There is a purpose behind you.  The whole intends to do something through you.”   (Osho)

 

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“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”   (Carl Sandburg)

 

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”   (Harriet Tubman)

 

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“Dreams are illustrations, from the book your soul is writing about you.”   (Marsha Norman)

 

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“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world.  There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor.  But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents.  Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around.  It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”   (Leo Buscaglia)

 

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Too many people grow up.

That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.  They forget.”   (Walt Disney)

 

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“Let Me Tell You Something You Already Know”

 

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”    (The Help, Kathryn Stockett)

 

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“Let me tell you something you already know.  The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.  You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.  But it ain’t about how hard ya hit.  It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward.  How much you can take and keep moving forward.  That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you!  You’re better than that!”    (Rocky Balboa movie, 2006)

 

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“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)

 

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“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”   (George Elliot)

 

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”   (Peter F. Drucker)

 

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“Be realistic:  Plan for a miracle.”   (Rajneesh)

 

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“Set the Tone Every Day” / “If Not You, Who?”

 

 

“To lead the people, walk beside them.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Set the tone every day.  You may think you can’t change the corporate culture, but you’re actually helping to build it with everything you do and every word you utter.  Your people look to you as a model.  So pay attention to the signals you send about what you value and believe in.”   (Lost & Found, the story of how one man discovered the secrets of leadership, Lyle Sussman, Ph.D., Sam Deep, & Alex Stiber)

 

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“Really believe in your heart of hearts that your fundamental purpose, the reason for being, is to enlarge the lives of others.  Your life will be enlarged also.  And all of the other things we have been taught to concentrate on will take care of themselves.”   (Pete Thigpen, Executive Reserves)

 

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“Every single person you meet has a ‘sign’ around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’  If you can do that, you’ll be a success, not only in business but in life as well.”   (Mary Kay Ash)

 

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“Perhaps the ten most important two-letter words ever put together:  ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’”   (Unknown Author)

 

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“If not you, who?

If not now, when?”   (Abraham Maslow)

 

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“It is Never Too Late”

 

“It is never too late to turn on the light.  Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

It’s never too late to take a moment to look.”    (Sharon Salzberg)

 

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“Once on a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”   (Robert Hunter)

 

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“Light must come from inside.  You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.”   (Sogyal Rinpoche)

 

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“It is easy.  Just once a day, imagine the life you dream of.  Believe that it can be yours in this world of magic and miracles.  Choose to live as if you know of its inevitable manifestation. Don’t compromise.  Don’t worry.  Don’t look for results.  And as surely as spirit crafts one moment after another, so too will it fuse together the life you now lead with the life of your dreams as if they were two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, destined to become one.

This alone determines what’s ‘meant to be.’

Tallyho,    (signed)    The Universe”    (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, September 15, 2016)

 

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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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“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”   (Pablo Neruda)

 

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