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.

Archive for the month “January, 2013”

“Imagination and Leadership – Out of Focus?


“When there is no vision, people perish.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



 “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”    (Mark Twain)



“Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”     (George Bernard Shaw)



“While interviewing the legendary Jack Nicklaus, a reporter once remarked, ‘Jack, you have had a spectacular career.  Your name is synonymous with the game of golf.  You really know your way around the course.  What is your secret?’  Nicklaus replied, ‘The holes are numbered!’

If only leadership were so easy. … A key part of our continuous leadership quest is finding the approaches that fit our individual values, personality, and style. … Leadership is really just common sense.  The problem for most of us is that it’s not common practice.  It is one thing to know, it’s quite another to do.  And many a manager has confused understanding leadership concepts with practicing them.  Just like maintaining our physical fitness, growing our leadership is a never-ending activity.”        (Jim Clemmer, “The Leader’s Digest)



“We Are Here to Do”


“If there’s something special you want to do, now is the time … if you want to make a difference in the world, now is the time.  Don’t be fooled into thinking you should wait until you are older or wiser or more ‘secure’ – because it doesn’t work that way.  The wisdom will come.  The security will come.  But first you must begin your adventure.”     (Ron Atchison)



“You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light.  You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.  You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love.  You are these things.  And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things.  Choose now to know yourself as these things always.”     (Neale Donald Walsch)



“The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them.  We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight.  We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are.”     (Bo Lozoff)



“We are here to do;

and through doing to learn;

and through learning to know;

and through knowing to experience wonder;

and through wonder to attain wisdom;

and through wisdom to find simplicity;

and through simplicity to give attention;

and through attention to see what needs to be done.”     (from the ‘Pirkei Avot’)


“Isn’t It Time You Got Started?”


“In her late 70s and struggling with severe arthritis, a farmer’s widow from Eagle Bridge, NY loved to do needlework, but her fingers no longer were as nimble for the small detail work of embroidery.  The elderly woman found she could hold a small paintbrush much easier than a needle, and tried her hand at painting.  She thought her farm and country scenes were good enough to show at the fair, but she only won prizes for her preserves and canned fruit.

Then one day an art collector noticed several of her paintings on display in the window of a local drug store.  He bought them all.  When he showed them to his friends in the art circles of New York City, they were more curious about the painter.

Soon, “Grandma Moses” (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) gained an international reputation.  Her widely-collected works of art were featured on calendars, greeting cards and in exhibitions in the leading galleries, including the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.  Even more amazing, it’s reported that twenty-five percent of her more than 1,500 paintings were done after she had turned 100!

Isn’t it time you got started?         (Unknown Author, Apple Seeds)



 “The time for action is now.  It’s never too late to do something.”      (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)



“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”       (Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)


“Discovering the Limits of the Possible”


“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”    (Oliver Wendall Holmes)



“Where do I find good ideas?  Do you often find ideas that change everything in a windowless conference room, with bottled water on the side table and a circle of critics and skeptics wearing suits looking at you as the clock ticks down to the 60 minutes allocated for this meeting?

If not, then why do you keep looking for them there?

The best ideas come out of the corner of our eye, the edge of our consciousness, in a flash.  They are the result of misdirection and random collisions, not a grinding corporate onslaught.  And yet we waste billions of dollars in time looking for them where they’re not.

A practical tip: buy a big box of real wooden blocks.  Write a key factor/asset/strategy on each block in big letters.  Play with the blocks.  Build concrete things out of non-concrete concepts. 

Uninvite the devil’s advocate, since the devil doesn’t need one, he’s doing fine.

Have fun.    Why not?     It works.”     (Seth Godin)



“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”    (Arthur C. Clarke)



“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”    (Anthony Robbins)


“May You Always Feel Loved”


“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”    (Morpheus in the movie ‘The Matrix’)



“May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.  May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.  Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.  May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.  May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.  Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who hate, and let that love embrace you as you go out into the world.  May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.  Remember, those whose lives you have touched and whose have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.  It is the content of the encounter that is more important than the form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.  Find time each day to see beauty and love in the world around you. Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way.  What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.  May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.  Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.  May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another’s judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.”    (Sandra Sturtz Hauss)   


“Statement on Life”


“My Statement on Life”

         by Jason Jameson Sealy Highlands Ranch, Colorado

“My point is that life has its good sides and its bad ones.

But always look to the good side.

If you go through life always looking down, you are not living, you’re just passing by.

What you are doing is wasting a life … yours.

Life is a blessing, not a curse.

You’ve got to see the sunsets as the birth of a new night, not the death of a day.

I think happiness can be compared to a lit torch in the darkness, the darkness being the lives  of those who are sad.

The darkness does not vanquish the torch, it’s quite the opposite.

It has the ability to light the lives of others and maybe light their torches.

I am in the U.S. and life is great.  There is a God and I think He likes me.

I am an optimist and every day is a great day.

Life is too short and sweet to waste away feeling sad.

I always have a smile on my face even when I might feel down.

Life has its highs and lows.  Look past the downs … look up, I say.

If you are happy, it will show.

Slap on a smile … it will pay.”

 Jason died in an accident at the age of 16 shortly after writing this beautiful poem.      (‘The Soul of Winning, What Fuels the Heart of a Winner’ by Byrd Baggett)



“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each guest has been sent as a guide from beyond.”    (Rumi)


“What Will You Do After Reading This?”


“Fear knocked at the door.  Faith answered.  No one was there.”    (Author Unknown)



“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think.  The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice.  What you do comes from what you think.     (‘A Course In Miracles’ Foundation For Inner Peace)



“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”    (Thomas Merton)



“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.

It’s about the choices you’ve just made, and the ones you’re about to make, it’s about the things you choose to say  –  today.

It’s about what you’re gonna do after you finish reading this.”      (Mike Dooley)


“One Word Frees Us”


“Whatever we’re going through, whatever pains are inviting us to change, whatever love is breathing new life into us, revealing the presence of the divine at our center, we are receiving these transformations of growth and healing not only for ourselves but for everyone, for the whole human race. 

The changes that are alive in us, the love that is reshaping our hearts and restructuring our individual possibilities, are the blueprint of tremendous change for everyone.

Every feather on the bird’s wing carries the beautiful bird a little bit closer to home.  Every moment of love each one of us feels brings us all a little bit closer . . . . “    (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“One word frees us of all weight and pain of life; that word is love.”    (Sophocles, 496 – 406 BC)


“Images of What Love is About”

“Is it possible for the rose to say, ‘I will give my fragrance to the good people who smell me, but I will withhold it from the bad?’  Or is it possible for the lamp to say, ‘I will give my light to the good people in this room, but I will withhold it from the evil people’?  Or can a tree say, ‘I’ll give my shade to the good people who rest under me, but I will withhold it from the bad’? These are images of what love is about.”     (Anthony De Mello)



“Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”     (Samuel Johnson)



“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”    (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)



“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”    (Judith Campbell)


“Four Questions of Value”


“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”    (Rabindranath Tagore)



“There are no extra pieces in the universe.  Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”    (Deepak Chopra)



“The lesson which life constantly repeats is to ‘look under your feet.’  You are always nearer to the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.  The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.  The great opportunity is where you are.  Do not despise your own place and hour.  Every place is under the stars.  Every place is the center of the world.”    (John Burroughs)



“There are only four questions of value in life …

  1.     What is sacred?
  2.     Of what is the spirit made?
  3.     What is worth living for, and
  4.     What is worth dying for?

The answer to each is the same:  only love.”    (Johnny Depp as Don Juan in the movie ‘Don Juan De Marco’)



“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.

Walk beside me and be my friend.”     (Albert Camus)


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