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.

“The Choice is Yours”


“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.”     (Tennessee Williams)



  1.  You will receive a body.  You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
  2. You will learn lessons.  You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life.
  3. There are not mistakes, only lessons.  Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation.  The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned.   A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.   When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end.   There is no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons.   If you’re alive, there are still lessons to be learned.
  6. “There” is no better than “here”.   When your “there” has become “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.
  7. Other people are merely mirrors of you.   You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you.   You have all the tools and resources you need.   What you do with them is up to you.   The choice is yours.      (Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.)


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