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.

“Some of Us Have Great Runways”


“Instead of making others right or wrong, or bottling up right and wrong in ourselves, there’s a middle way, a very powerful middle way. . . . Could we have no agenda when we walk into a room with another person, not know what to say, not make that person wrong or right?  Could we see, hear, feel other people as they really are?  It is powerful to practice this way . . . . true communication can happen only in that open space.”        (Pema Chodron)



“Mystically speaking, there’s no difference between you and another person.  A weird concept, perhaps, but nevertheless valid.  This explains why you can’t hurt another person without hurting yourself.  You share the same Source energy with everyone, and consequently, you must begin to think and act in a way that reflects your awareness of this principle.”     (The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer)




And He’ll open the door.


And He’ll make you shine like the sun.


And He’ll raise you to the heavens.

Become nothing,

And He’ll turn you into everything.”       (Rumi)



“Spirituality is all about depth, the depth beneath the surface, the meaning and significance that don’t always meet the eye.  . . . The surface realities of our jobs are a little like the foam on a glass of beer.  It’s an unsatisfied person who just sucks off the foam and never drinks deeply of the beer itself.  If we could all enjoy a deeper view of what life is all about and connected to that, a deeper view of the work we do; if we could free ourselves of those illusions that dance across the surface of our daily endeavors; and if, as a consequence, we could experience the positive energy that comes from living a robustly spiritual approach to life day to day, we would find a much greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our work.  And, connected with that, I am convinced that as a result we would do better work ….”        (If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Tom Morris)



“Some of us have great runways already built for us.  If you have one, TAKE OFF!  But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.“       (Amelia Earhart)


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