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.

“We All Make Choices”


“Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure:  you were created for joy.   And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live.”       (Thomas Merton)



“Today I will master my emotions.  If I will bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to others then they will react with rain, gloom, darkness and pessimism.  If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to others they will react with joy, enthusiasm, brightness and laughter.

Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure —

If I feel depressed I will sing.

If I feel sad I will laugh.

If I feel ill I will double my labor.

If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.

If I feel inferior I will wear new clothes.

If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.

If I feel incompetent I will remember past successes.

If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.”     (Og Mandino, ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World ‘)



“We keep so busy talking, we are so keen to act that we forget that in the heart lies all we need untapped, intact.”          (Angelus Silesius)



“We all make our choices in life; the hard thing to do is live with them.”   (‘The Words’ movie)


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