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 “February, 2013”

“Energy Follows Thought. Start / Stop”

 

“Success is not to be gained by a blind and slavish following of anyone’s rules or advice, our own any more than any other person’s.  There is no royal road to success – no patent process by which the unsuccessful are to be magically transformed … Rules and advice may greatly assist – and they undoubtedly do this – but the real work must be accomplished by the individual.  He must carve out his own destiny.”     (William W. Atkinson)

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“It’s the START that STOPS most people.”     (Bits & Pieces, Vol. T, # 23)

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“Energy follows thought.  You actually become what you think.”    (Lynne Namka)

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“Of all the known forms of energy, thought is the most subtle, the irresistible force.  It has always been operating; but, as far as the great masses of the people are concerned, it has been operating blindly, or, rather, they have been blind to its mighty power, except in the cases of a few here and there.”    (Ralph W. Trine)

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“People who are able to do their own thinking should not allow others to do it for them.”     (Elbert Hubbard)

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“Settle For Less or Be Remarkable”

 

“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”   (Seth Godin, Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas)

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“As long as you are defining what you like and what you don’t like, you are allowing your mind to create triggers that open and close you.  Let go of that.  Dare to be different.  Enjoy all of life.”    (The Untethered Soul, the journey beyond yourself by Michael Singer, New Harbinger Publications)

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“When you set down the path to create art, whatever sort of art it is, understand that the path is neither short not easy.  That means you must determine if the route is worth the effort.  If it’s not, dream bigger.”     (Seth Godin, Linchpin:  Are You Indispensable?)  

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“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth.   Not going all the way, and not starting.”    (Siddhartha Gautama)

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”    (George Eliot)

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“Weight of a Snowflake; Transform the Ordinary into Extraordinary”

 

“Not too long ago in a place not too far away, a field mouse asked a wise old owl what is the weight of a snowflake.  “Why nothing more than nothing,” answered the owl.

The mouse went on to tell the owl about the time he was resting on a branch in a fir tree, counting each snowflake until the number was exactly 3 million, 471 thousand, 952.  Then with the settling of the very next flake—crack.  The branch suddenly snapped, tumbling mouse and snow to the ground. “Humph …Such was the weight of nothing,” said the mouse.

So the next time you think your contributions, your acts of charity, your works for justice, your gifts of love, and your talents are nothing, or that they are small in comparison to those of others, remember that when one is added to another, and then to another and so forth, great things can happen from nothing.  In the same way, what seems to be ordinary can be transformed into something extraordinary with just a little extra nothing.

Your mission is to create great things once again out of nothingness, to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.”     (Fresh Packet of Sower’s Seeds, # 70, Brian Cavanaugh)

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“Spiritual growth is about the point at which you start to feel your energy change.  For instance, somebody says something and you start to feel the energy get a little strange inside.  You will actually start to feel a tightening. That is your cue that it’s time to grow.  It’s not time to defend yourself, because you don’t want the part of you that you would be defending.  If you don’t want it, let it go.”     (The Untethered Soul, the journey beyond yourself by Michael Singer, New Harbinger Publications)

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“People don’t believe what you tell them.

They rarely believe what you show them.

They often believe what their friends tell them.

They always believe what they tell themselves.”       (Seth Godin)    

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“Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement.”      (Wilfred A. Peterson)

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“Blank Fortune Cookies”

 

“A wise old sage hosted a dinner.  Toward the end of the meal, everyone was given fortune cookies and told that they’re holding their future in their hands.  The guests eagerly opened them to read the words of wisdom they contained.  The paper slips inside each cookie were blank.

‘Is this a joke?’ they asked.  ‘Is our fortune so bleak or so full of emptiness?’  ‘That’s up to each of you. The choice is yours,’ the sage replied.  ‘Many people are eager to have soothsayers predict their future.  Fewer are willing to take responsibility for writing their own fortune.  Your future is a blank sheet of paper waiting for you to create what is to come.”     (“When Choosing Our Thoughts We Choose Our Future,” Jim Clemmer, Practical Leadership Blog)

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“… if there’s one overarching message arising from more than six thousand years of corporate history across all our research … it would be this: greatness is not primarily a matter of circumstance; greatness is first and foremost a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”     (Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen)

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“What used to be called the ‘soft issues’ of business will increasingly be the differentiators of sustainable excellence in every industry in the word …  Ultimately – after the technology is in place, our organizations are well structured, and all processes are flowing smoothly – what will make or break any business will be the spirit of the people who do the work.”    (Tom Morris, If Aristotle Ran General Motors

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“Words”

 

“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”     (Shel Silverstein)

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“Words are the most powerful things in the universe.  Words are containers.  They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.”    (Charles Capps)

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“The six greatest words on earth are:  ‘Control thyself!’ – Cicero;   ‘Know thyself’ – Socrates; ‘Give thyself!’ – Jesus.”      (Unknown Author)

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“Wisdom … may be summed up in four words:  to know, to will, to love, and to do what is true, good, beautiful and just.”     (Eliphas Levi)

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“Every word you say has a vibration that brings you what you have and what you need.  So be very careful when you speak a word, because one word spoken can make and mar the destiny of the being.”     (Yogi Bhajan)

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“Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”    (George Byron)

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“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”     (John Green)

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“Don’t Think. Feel”

 

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”    (St. Francis of Assisi)

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“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”    (Albert Einstein, ‘The World as I See It’)

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“By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power of the universe and allow it to become our guiding force.”    (Shakti Gawain)

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“’What do you think of God,’ the teacher asked.  After a pause, the young pupil replied, ‘He’s not a think, he’s a feel.’”    (Paul Frost)

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“Soon after her brother was born, little Sachi began to ask her parents to leave her alone with the new baby.  They worried that like most four-year-olds, she might feel jealous and want to hit or shake him, so they said no.  But she showed no signs of jealousy.  She treated the baby with kindness and her pleas to be left alone with him became more urgent.  They decided to allow it.  Elated, she went into the baby’s room and shut the door, but it opened a crack – enough for her curious parents to peek in and listen.  They saw little Sachi walk quietly up to her baby brother, put her face close to his and say quietly . . .

‘Baby, tell me what God feels like.  I’m starting to forget.’”     (Dan Millman)

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“Life; I Will Not Play Tug O’War”

 

“Now that child reminds me of something our sages taught.  When a baby comes into the world, its hands are clenched, right?  Like this?”  He made a fist.

“Why?  Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say ‘The whole world is mine.’

But when an old person dies, how does he do so?  With his hands open. 

Why?  Because he has learned the lesson.”

What lesson? I asked.  He stretched open his empty fingers.  “We can take nothing with us.”     (Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s With Morrie)

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“How true Daddy’s words were when he said:  all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”      (Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl)

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“I will not play tug o’ war.  I’d rather play hug o’ war.  Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”    (Shel Silverstein)

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“Explore, Dream, Discover”

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”     (Mark Twain)

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“to be nobody but yourself  —  in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else  —  means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”      (e.e. cummings)

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 “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”     (Dr. Seuss)

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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”     (Khalil Gibran)

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“No Limits”

 

“There has never been another you. With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart.  What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.”    (Dan Zadra)

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No Limits

“Fletcher turned to his instructor, and there was a moment of fright in his eye.  ‘Me leading? What do you mean, me leading?  You’re the instructor here.  You can’t leave!’

‘Couldn’t I?  Don’t you think that there might be other flocks, other Fletchers, that need an instructor more than this one, that’s on its way toward the light?’

‘Me?  Jonathan, I’m just a plain seagull, and you’re …’

Jonathan sighed and looked out to sea.  ‘You don’t need me any longer.  You need to keep finding yourself, a little more each day, that real, unlimited Fletcher Seagull.  He’s your instructor.  You need to understand him and to practice him.’

A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent.  ‘Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god.  O.K., Fletch?  I’m a seagull.  I like to fly, maybe …’

‘JONATHAN!’

‘Poor Fletch.  Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you.  All they show is limitation.  Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.’

The shimmering stopped.  Jonathan Seagull had vanished into empty air.

After a time, Fletcher Gull dragged himself into the sky and faced a brand-new group of students, eager for their first lesson.

‘To begin with,’ he said heavily, ‘you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.’

The young gulls looked at him quizzically.  Hey, man, they thought, this doesn’t sound like a rule for a loop.

Fletcher sighed and started over. ‘Hm.  Ah… very well,’ he said, and eyed them critically.  ‘Let’s begin with Level Flight.’  And saying that, he understood all at once that his friend had quite honestly been no more divine than Fletcher himself.

And though he tried to look properly severe for his students, Fletcher Seagull suddenly saw them all as they really were, just for a moment, and he more than liked, he loved what it was he saw.  No limits, Jonathan?  He thought and he smiled.  His race to learn had begun.”      (Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Scribner)

“Because We Trust, Because We Have Faith”

 

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” (Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

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“Most people come equipped by nature with all of the pieces of a puzzle necessary to enjoy life … but by the time they get their career and family underway, most have not only managed to scramble the puzzle … they’ve actually lost some of the pieces”     (Diane McLaren)

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“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”    (Paulo Coelho)

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“Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”   (Kahlil Gibran)

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“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward.  Because we trust. Because we have Faith.     (Paulo Coelho, Brida)

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“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”   (G.K. Chesterton)

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