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 “March, 2013”

“Fall in Love, Change Our Habits. Because Time Vanishes”

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“How easily we can forget how precious life is!  So long as we can remember, we’ve just been here, being alive.  Unlike other things for which we have a comparison – black to white, day to night, good to bad – we’re so utterly immersed in life that usually we can see it only in the context of itself.  We don’t see life as compared to anything, to not-being-alive, for example, to never having been born.  Life just is.

But life itself is a gift.  It’s a compliment just being born:  to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, and make love, for this particular lifetime.

Today give thanks for life.  For life itself!  For simply being born!”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at least a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.”      (James Boswell)



“We don’t have forever – to fall in love, to change our habits, to solve our problems, to figure out what we want to do with our lives.  In just the same manner, we don’t have an unlimited amount of time to say, do, feel, offer, deliver, share or enjoy all the things we can imagine saying, doing, feeling, sharing, or offering to the person we love.

So love the person you love right now, in the time you’ve been given to love her, in the ways you’ve been give to love him.  Whatever you have in mind to do, whatever you’ve always imagine doing, do it now.

Because time vanishes.  Things change, Stories end.”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“Do Something”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.  Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.  Impossible is not a declaration.  It’s a dare.  Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.  Impossible is nothing.”     (Muhammed Ali)



“Do something.  If it doesn’t work, do something else.  No idea is too crazy.”    (Jim Hightower)



“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.     (Harrison Ford)



“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.  I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”     (Milton Berle)



“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”     (Gail Sheehy)



“He is able who thinks he is able.”     (Buddha)


“Five Frogs on a Log; Do the Impossible”


“As we go about our daily lives, it is important to remember that we always find what we’re looking for.  If you set out today thinking that this is going to be a bad day, shortly things will begin to order themselves to meet your expectation.  Conversely, if you set out with an expectation of greatness, this can be one of the greatest days of your life.”     (Jim Stovall)



“Someday, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life.  But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer.  Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.”    (Phillips Brooks)



“Five frogs are sitting on a log.  Four decide to jump off.  How many are left?  Answer: five. Why?  Because there’s a difference between deciding and doing.”    (Mark L. Feldman & Michael F. Spratt, Five Frogs on a Log)



“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”      (St. Francis of Assisi)



“Seek first to understand and then to be understood.”    (Stephen R. Covey)



“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.”     (Richard Bach)


“Seize This Day and Smile”

“Why Not You?

 Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration.  Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them.  Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present.  Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment.  Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits.  Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness.  Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity.  Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial.  Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes.  Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference.  Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more.  Why not you?

Today is a new day!

Many will seize this day.

Many will live it to the fullest.

Why not you?”     (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)



“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”     (Paul Simon)


“Challenge? Just Do It!”

“As someone who has faced as much disappointment as most people, I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way.  I trust that the challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.”     (Marianne Williamson)



“How does a person make a difference?  The history of the world is simply a chronicle of the deeds of a small number of ordinary people who had extraordinary levels of commitment.” (Anthony Robbins)



“If you get caught up in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect those things over which you have control.”     (John Wooden)



“When someone offers you a challenge, don’t think of all the reasons why you can’t do it.  Instead, say, ‘Yes!’  Then figure out how you’ll get it done.”     (Katherine Hudson, W. H. Brady Company)



“Monuments are a hoax!

A conspiracy designed by bureaucrats and construction companies to draw you away from the important places.  The ones found off the roads, atop the mountains, amidst the rivers, and mostly by chance.

Marked not by placards and statues, but by epiphanous moments that give you the sense that no one, including yourself, may ever find this place again.  These are the places worth seeking out.

And as you pass the landmark-makers putting up their guardrails and snack shops, give a friendly wave. 

And walk on to the place they’ve never been.

Just do it.”     (Nike)


“A Leader is Best When …”

“There are five practices common to most extraordinary leadership achievements.  When leaders do their best, they challenge, inspire, enable, model, and encourage.”     (Kouses & Posner, The Leadership Challenge)



“The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential … the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individual persons.”     (Max DePree)



“The so-called … boss should become the humble servant leader who ‘runs alongside,’ asking questions such as:

  • How is it going?
  • What are you learning?
  • What are your goals?
  • How can I help you?
  • How am I doing as a helper?

It is when the spirit of servant leadership takes hold in a team, and between a manager or team and an associate, that … trust fully blossoms.”     (The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness, Stephen R. Covey)



“A leader is best when people barely know he exists.

Not so good when people obey and acclaim him.

Worse when they despise him.

But of a good leader who talks little,

When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,

They will say “We did it ourselves.”     (Lao Tzu)



“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”     (Henry Kissinger)



“To lead the people, walk beside them.”     (Lao Tzu)


“Every Day is the Best Day”

“Look to this day.  In it lie all the realities and verities of existence, the bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power.  For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision.  But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”     (Sanskrit Proverb)



“Telling ourselves ‘I deserve’ something rarely allows us to truly receive it, for at our core we all know we are imperfect beings and the ‘I deserve it’ school of thought will rarely fool our sensitive psyches.

On the contrary, it is through gratitude, by saying thank you, that we discover our deservingness.  For in saying thank you we experience ourselves as having received something, and in the receiving we are given a sense of our value.

Saying thank you is the beginning of discovering your own deservingness.”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Kingma, Conari Press)



“Be soft in your practice.

Think of the method as a fine silvery steam, not a raging waterfall.

Follow the stream, have faith in its course.

It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there.

It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices.

Just follow it.  Never let it out of your sight.

It will take you.”      (Sheng-Yen)




“Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“You’ll Move Mountains”

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”      (Confucius)



You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us.  And the world will live as one.”     (John Lennon)



“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”     (Albert Einstein)



“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”    (Oscar Wilde)



“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts:  we need books, time and silence.  ‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time last forever.’”    (Philip Pullman)



“So be sure when you step,

Step with care and great tact.

And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.

And will you succeed?  Yes!  You will, indeed!  (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)

Kid, you’ll move mountains.”     (Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!)


“Be A Change Catalyst; It Is An Attitude”

“Leadership is not so much about technique and method as it is about opening the heart.  Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others.  Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes.  Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.  It is an attitude, not a routine.”     (Lance Secretan)



“It’s not always easy to do the right thing.  But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think.  In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone.  But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.”    (Queen Latifah)



“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization.  Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.  It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”      (Stephen R. Covey)



“To know how to do a job is the accomplishment of labor;

To be able to tell others is the accomplishment of the teacher;

To inspire others to do better work is the accomplishment of management;

To be able to do all three is the accomplishment of leadership.”     (Unknown Author)



“Our duty as men is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist.  We are collaborators in creation.”     (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)


“Because You Are Alive, Everything is Possible”

“Each day we wake in the morning with a thought in our minds.  This thought, whatever it may be, sets the tone for the rest of the day.  This is not always a good thing as we may wake up in a rush for work or school, with a hangover, feeling depressed or generally in a state of confusion.  Therefore it is a good idea to learn how to create an original thought to begin each day, and to make the day a perfect expression of your original thought.”    (The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking)



“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours.  It is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.”    (Bob Moawad)



“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”     (T. S. Eliot)



“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”     (Thich Nhat Hanh)



“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”    (Henry David Thoreau)



“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”     (Fred Rogers)


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