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.

“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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“Grown-Ups Never Understand”

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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“When things in your life are adding up, start subtracting.”   (Reverend Run)

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“When you repeat a mistake, it’s not a mistake anymore. It’s a decision.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“For there are two kinds of forgiveness in the world: the one you practice because everything really is all right, and what went before is mended  The other kind of forgiveness you practice because someone needs desperately to be forgiven, or because you need just as badly to forgive them, for a heart can grab hold of old wounds and go sour as milk over them ”   (Catherine M  Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Let the Revels There)

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“Tell me what’s the difference between hope and waiting because my heart doesn’t know. 

It constantly cuts itself on the glass of waiting

It constantly gets lost in the fog of hope.”   (Anna Kamienska)

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“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt)

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“One Word; That Word is Love”

 

“Love, I’ve come to understand is more than three words mumbled before bedtime.”   (Nicholas Sparks)

 

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“One of the most amazing things that can happen is finding someone who sees everything you are and won’t let you be anything less.  They see the potential of you.  They see endless possibilities.  And through their eyes, you start to see yourself the same way.  As someone who matters.  As someone who can make a difference in this world.”   (Susane Colasanti)

 

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“I told you.  You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car.  You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”   (L. J. Smith)

 

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“You don’t need another Human Being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul, but cracks to put their love into, is the most calming thing In this World.”   (Emery Allen)

 

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“There are really only two types of people:

Those you now love.

And, those you will love. 

That’s what life’s for,  (signed)  The Universe.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 7.9.13)

 

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“Things I forgot to tell you.  That I love you, and that when I awake in the morning I use my intelligence to discover more ways of appreciating you.”   (Anaїs Nin, Henry and June)

 

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“One word frees us of all weight and pain of life; that word is love.”   (Sophocles, 496 – 406 BC)

 

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“There’s Something Happening Here / Don’t Worry / We’re Gonna Have a Good Day”

 

 

“There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

There’s battle lines being drawn

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

What a field-day for the heat

A thousand people in the street

Singing songs and carrying signs

Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.”   (Stephen Stills, ‘For What It’s Worth’ song lyrics, Buffalo Springfield)

 

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“Don’t worry about a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Singing’ don’t worry about a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’

Smiled with the risin’ sun

Three little birds

Pitch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true

Saying’, (this is my message to you)

 

Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’

Smiled with the risin’ sun

Three little birds

Pitch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true

Sayin’, this is my message to you.”   (Bob Marley, ‘Three Little  Birds’ song lyrics)

 

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“Let’s begin Now

You know today I just woke up and I said

You know instead of waitin’ on a good day

Waitin’ around through up’s and down’s waitin

On something to happen I just say

 

We’re gonna have

We’re gonna have

We’re gonna have a good day

And all my homies gonna ride today

And all these mommies look fly today

And all we wanna do is get by today


Heyyy

We’re gonna have a good day

And ain’t nobody gotta cry today

‘Cause ain’t nobody gonna die today

Save that drama for another day

Heyyy we’re gonna have a good day.”   (Nappy Roots, ‘Good Day’ song lyrics, songwriters: Joseph, Patrick “Beans” Esposito, Edward Hokenson, Bruce Charles Sudano, Melvin Adams, Vito Tisdale, William Hughes, Alan E. Wert)

 

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“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”   (Judith Campbell)

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“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on.”

 

“Cry.  Forgive.  Learn.  Move on.  Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”   (Steve Maraboli)

 

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“We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that’s exactly right.  The challenge is figuring out which is which.”   (Jodi Picoult)

 

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“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.


But they are there for a reason.  Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”  
(Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)

 

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“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.”   (Richard Bach)

 

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“I have faith that God will show you the answer.  But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do.  That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper and you have to listen very carefully to hear it.  But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song)

 

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“Tell me there is still good in the world.  Tell me there is still hope for all of us.”   (Marie Lu, Champion)

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“There is Nothing But Love”

 

“Soon after her brother was born, little Sachi began to ask her parents to leave her alone with the new baby.  They worried that like most four-year-olds, she might feel jealous and want to hit or shake him, so they said no.  But she showed no signs of jealousy.  She treated the baby with kindness and her pleas to be left alone with him became more urgent.  They decided to allow it.  Elated, she went into the baby’s room and shut the door, but it opened a crack – enough for her curious parents to peek in and listen.  They saw little Sachi walk quietly up to her baby brother, put her face close to his and say quietly …

‘Baby, tell me what God feels like.  I’m starting to forget.’”     (Dan Millman)

 

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“In the eyes of love we are all beautiful, and even more astonishing, we are lovable.”   (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)

 

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“Love is the energy of the soul.  Love is what heals the personality.  There is nothing that cannot be healed by love.  There is nothing but love.”   (‘Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul”, Gary Zukav)

 

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“Do you think we choose the times into which we are born?  Or do we fit the times we are born into?”   (Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ the movie)

 

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“Be – don’t try to become.”   (Osho)

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“There are No ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ People. / Nobody Sees Anybody Truly”

 

“You know, what strikes me is how desperately we all need to know that we are seen and heard.  We don’t need our lives to be different, or easier, we just need someone to see the pain.  To know what we’ve faced and overcome.  To say: Yes. I see this.  This is real.  We don’t need a magician to take it all away – we just need a witness.”   (Glennon Doyle Melton)

 

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“If one of us could ascend to the heavenly realm and for a few hours accompany the Divine on His daily rounds, he would see below millions of his fellow humans busily hurling themselves into the passions, sports, and actions of the moment — all the while seemingly oblivious of those around him.

But if our observer had the power … he would also feel and sense, pulsing through and vibrating from every one of us here below a desperate and unending plea, ‘Notice me! I want to be known, admired, and loved by the whole world!’

And it is this; this glorious weakness, this dependence of us on each other that makes some of us heroes, and some of us fools – and most of us heroes and fools at the same time!”   (Rev. Michael Burry)

 

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“There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people.  Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice.  A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts… nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos.  That is the way we all see … each other in life.  Vanity, fear, desire, competition— all such distortions within our own egos — condition our vision of those in relation to us.  Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other.  That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layer of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts.  Such cases seem purely theoretical to me…”   (Tennessee Williams)

 

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“If you can imagine it, you can have it.  This is the name of the game.  This is the lesson to learn.  It couldn’t be any easier.  Reality is not what your eyes show your mind, but what your mind creates for your eyes to see.  You are not limited by logic, the past, or the world around you. You are not of the world around you.  You are supernatural, pure spirit.

You came first.  Magic, miracles, and luck are the consequences of understanding this, the inevitable result of dreaming and acting in spite of appearances.

You are ever so close.  Simply stay the course.  It won’t be very much longer.  If you can imagine it, you can have it.   Soul-Power, (signed) The Universe”     (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, July 7, 2016)

 

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It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”   (Tony Robbins)

 

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“The Questions are Complicated; the Answers are Simple”

 

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”     (Dr. Seuss)

 

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“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”   (G. K. Chesterton)

 

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“No one’s life should be rooted in fear.  We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.”   (Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy)

 

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

 

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“I will not play tug o’ war.  I’d rather play hug o’ war.  Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”   (Shel Silverstein)

 

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“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”   (St. Francis of Assisi)

 

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“But That Was Life. Nobody Got a Guided Tour”

 

“We insist on being Someone, with a capital S.  We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior.  We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are.  We mistake the openness of our being — the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment — for a solid, irrefutable self.  Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer.”   (Pema Chodron)

 

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“But that was life:  Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park.  You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for… or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.”   (J. R. Ward, Crave)

 

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“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.”   (Miguel Ruiz)

 

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“To each there comes, in their lifetime, a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if that end finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”   (Winston Churchill)

 

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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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You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.   (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)

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“Everyday Courage Has Few Witnesses”

 

“Everyday courage has few witnesses.  But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.”   (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

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“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

 

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“Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”   (Thich Nhat Hanh)

 

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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”   (Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking)

 

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“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken.  Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.  Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path.  Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look.  Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching.  March to the beat of your own drummer.  And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”   (Mandy Hale)

 

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”   (John Lennon)

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