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.

“Begin at the Beginning”


“He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; out distanced, crushed; he who ceases to grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end.”      (Henri Frédéric Amiel)



“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on our own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go …”      (Dr. Seuss)



“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”      (Stephen Covey



“Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”      (Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)



“It all begins when the soul would have its way with you.”      (Emerson)



“I’ve always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.”     (Akeem Olajuwon)



“One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic — something or other which we do not possess.  Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go.  You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically.  Will it be success or failure?  It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word ‘decide’ contains.  The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success.  Remember the Chinese proverb, ‘With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.’”       (Maltbie Davenport Babcock)


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One thought on ““Begin at the Beginning”

  1. So many directions one can go. For the moment I’m happy being here, with nothing to do and no place to go. Thanks.

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