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.

“Living Fearlessly; Making the Most of One’s Best”


“You don’t hear so much about people with a dream today.   It’s almost as if they’re afraid to discover what they’re individually capable of and would rather just follow the other fellow.   But all of us have more inside us that we believe possible.   We have to dream big and dare to fail to bring it out.”     (Norman Vaughan, explorer/mountain climber)



“Living fearlessly is not the same thing as never being afraid.   It’s good to be afraid occasionally.   Fear is a great teacher.   What’s not good is living in fear, allowing fear to dictate your choices, allowing fear to define who you are.   Living fearlessly means standing up to fear, taking its measure, refusing to let it shape and define your life.   Living fearlessly means taking risks, taking gambles, not playing it safe.   It means refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer when you are sure that the answer should have been ‘yes.”   It means refusing to settle for less than what is your due, what is yours by right, what is yours by the sweat of your labor and your effort.”     (Michael Ignatieff)



“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.   Willing is not enough; we must do.”      (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)



“I’ve learned that only through focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are.”      (Bill Gates)



“One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world  –  making the most of one’s best.”      (Harry Emerson Fosdick)


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