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.

“Lessons That Serve Our Soul’s Growth”

“I haven’t done nearly as much as I wanted to do or as I could do.  I do not believe anybody really ever achieves their maximum.  The average person only uses about 25% of his potential.  Now that is awful.  We’ve all got more potential probably than we ever use, but the people who really do something with their life are not doing it for recognition and to be acclaimed.  You do it because it’s God working in you.”       (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, ‘The Joy of Positive Living’)



It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird; it would be harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.  We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.”       (C. S. Lewis)



“To look is one thing,

To see what you look at is another,

To understand what you see is a third,

The learn from what you understand is still something else,

But to act on what you learn is all that really matters.”      (Anonymous)



“There was an older guy who decided to jog around the local high school football field.  As he huffed and puffed along, the team was practicing.

The players soon started running sprints up and down the field.  The man told himself, ‘I’ll just keep running until they quit.’  So he ran, and they ran, and he ran some more, and they kept running.  The old man kept running until he could finally run no longer.

He stopped in exhaustion.  One of the players, equally exhausted, approached him and said, ‘Boy, am I glad you finally stopped, Mister.  Coach told us we had to keep running wind sprints as long as the old guy was jogging.’

He was watching them; they were watching him.  He was letting them set his standard; they allowed him to set theirs.”      (Steve Goodier)



“As someone who has faced as much disappointment as most people, I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way.  I trust that the challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.”      (Marianne Williamson)


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