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.

“What This Power Is, I Cannot Say”


“Most of us miss out on life’s big prizes.  The Pulitzer.  The Nobel.  Oscars.  Tonys.  Emmys. But we’re all eligible for life’s small pleasures.  A pat on the back.  A kiss behind the ear.  A four-pound bass.  A full moon.  An empty parking space.  A crackling fire.  A great meal.  A glorious sunset.  Hot soup.  Cold beer.  Don’t fret about copping life’s grand awards.  Enjoy its tiny delights.   There are plenty for all of us.”       (United Technologies Corporation advertisement)



“Is life so wretched?   Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled?   You are the one who must grow up.”          (Dag Hammarskjold)



“Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?”        (Leo Buscaglia)



“Yes, there is a Nirvanah:   it is in leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.”         (Kahlil Gibran)



“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.   Untie the ribbons.”          (Ruth Ann Schabacker)



“What this power is, I cannot say.   All I know is that it exists … and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want … and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.”          (Alexander Graham Bell)

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