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.

“Experiencing, Reasoning, Believing”


“Suppose you are called up to a table and are blindfolded.   Suppose a bucket is placed in front of you and you are asked if it is empty or full of water.

What are three ways you can learn the answer to that question without removing the blindfold?

One way is to reach into the bucket and feel if there is water in it. In other words, you can experience firsthand if the bucket is full or empty.   This way of learning is called experiencing. It’s knowledge that we acquire by our senses.

A second way to learn if the bucket contains water or not is to drop an object, like a pebble, into it.   If the pebble hits the bottom of the bucket with a loud thud or ringing sound, you know the bucket is empty.   On the other hand, if the pebble hits with a splash, you know the bucket contains water.  This way of acquiring knowledge is called reasoning.

A third way to learn if the bucket contains water is to ask someone you trust.  The person could look into the bucket and tell you if it has water in it.  This way of learning is called believing.   It’s knowledge that we acquire by faith.

Experiencing, reasoning, believing— these are the three ways we acquire knowledge in this life.       (Mark Link, S. J.)      


“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”      (Charles M. Schwab)


“The greatest enemy of ‘best’ is ‘good.’   If you’re willing to accept ‘good’ you’ll never be the ‘Best.’”       (Charles Kaiser, Jr.)


“To be clear, I am not suggesting that going from good to great is easy, or that every man will successfully make the shift.   By definition, it is not possible for everyone to be above average.   But I am asserting that those who strive to turn good into great find the processes no more painful or exhausting than those who settle for just letting things wallow along in mind-numbing mediocrity.”      (Good to Great, Jim Collins)


“It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference.”       (Zig Ziglar)


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