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 “April, 2013”

“What Is Your Purpose”

 

“The two most important days of your life – the day that you’re born, and the day that you figure out why you were born.

Everyone has a purpose in life.  Everyone has unique and specific talents, abilities, and interests that help guide them toward fulfilling their purpose.

What is your purpose in life?  What are you going to do to help improve the lives of others?  What are you going to do to make the world a better place?

The single most important thing you can do in life is to figure out what your purpose is.  The second most important thing you can do is to help other people figure out what is theirs.”     (Coach Frank DiCocco)

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“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank … but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”    (Forest Witcraft)

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“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less that a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.  A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.”    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

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“Maybe there is more to a person than a body and a mind.  Maybe something else figures into the mix— not a soul, exactly, but a spirit that hints you might one day be greater, stronger than you are now.  A promise; a potential.”     (Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith)

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“God isn’t going to ask you how he created the earth.  He already knows.  He’s going to ask, ‘What did you do with what I created?’  If we’re leaving a footprint that destroys the earth, we’ve failed to be good stewards.”     (Rich Cizik)

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“If not you … then who?”    (Marianne Williamson)

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“The ‘Thinks’ You Can Think Of If Only You Try”

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”    (J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan)

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“We have been moving along at such a fast pace that we no longer know what we are doing.  Now we have to wait until our soul catches up with us.”      (Paulo Coelho, Maktub)

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“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life.  It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.”     (Norman Cousins)

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“Alexander the Great conquered the world by age 25.  Mozart composed his first symphony by age 8. What have you done with your life?”     (Author Unknown)

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“If you are not the hero of your own story, then you’re missing the whole point of your humanity.”   (Steve Maraboli)

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the ‘thinks’ you can think up if only you try!”      (Dr. Seuss)

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“It Only Matters What You Do”

“I was giving up.  I would have given up — if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart.  The voice said “I will not die.  I refuse it.  I will make it through this nightmare.  I will beat the odds, as great as they are.  I have survived so far, miraculously.  Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen everyday.  I will put in all the hard work necessary.  Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die.  Amen.”    (Yann Martel, Life of Pi)

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 “Remember, Red.  Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.  Get busy living or get busy dying.”     (The Shawshank Redemption)

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“Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away.  Most of this “something” cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted.  It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours.  Memory.  The census doesn’t count it. Nothing counts without it.”    (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”      (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“The Rest of Your Life Starts Right Now”

 

“The rest of your life is a long time and whether you know it or not, it’s being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or on bad luck or bad choices, or you can fight back. Things aren’t always going to be fair in the real world, that’s just the way it is, but for the most part, you get what you give.  Let me ask you a question.  What’s worse: not getting everything you wished for or getting it and finding out it’s not enough?  The rest of your life is being shaped right now with dreams you chase, the choices you make and the person you decide to be.  The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life starts right now.”  (Mark Schwann, “One Tree Hill”) 

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“I often say that I don’t worry about the meaning of life–I can’t handle that big stuff.  What concerns me is the meaning in life — day by day, hour by hour, while I’m doing whatever it is that I do.  What counts is not what I do, but how I think about myself while I’m doing it.”   (Robert Fulghum, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It)

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“I do not want to know what you will hope for.  I want to know what you will work for.  I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity.  I want your muscle.  As the wagon driver said when they came to a long, hard hill:  ‘Them that’s going on with us, get out and push.  Them that ain’t, get out of the way’.”     (Robert Fulghum)

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“A Warrior’s Prayer:

Make me strong in spirit, Courageous in action, Gentle of heart.

Let me act in wisdom, Conquer my fear and doubt, Discover my own hidden gifts.

Meet others with compassion, Be a source of healing energies, And face each day with hope and joy.”    (Abby Willowroot)

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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be.  Become one yourself!”  (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

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“Rich/Poor – Family – Be Happy”

“One day a father and his rich family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be.  They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’  ‘Very good Dad!’ ‘Did you see how poor people can be?’ the father asked.  ‘Yeah!’  ‘And what did you learn?’

The son answered, ‘I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lamps in the garden; they have the stars.  Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have a whole horizon.’ When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless.  His son added, ‘Thanks, Dad, for showing me how ‘poor’ we are!’

Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things?  If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life — you’ve got everything!  You can’t buy any of these things.  You may have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc.; but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!”     (Author Unknown)

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“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”     (Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince) 

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“In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.     (Lao Tzu)

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“Never forget the nine most important words of any family-

I love you.

You are beautiful.

Please forgive me.”      (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)

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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”     (The 14th Dalai Lama)

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“Who Is Going to Stop Me”

“Go out into the world where your heart calls you.  The blessings will come, I promise you that.  I wish for you the insight to recognize the blessings as such, and sometimes it’s hard.  But you’ll know it’s a blessing if you are enriched and transformed by the experience.”     (Sly Montgomery)

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“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”     (Jim Rohn)

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“You tell yourself you aren’t something or that you can’t be something and you know what?  It will become true.  You have to decide who you are and what you can do and then go after what you want.  Because believe me, no one is going to give it to you.”     (Elizabeth Scott, Perfect You)

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“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.”     (Mark Houlahan)

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“Don’t try to be different.  Just be good.  To be good is different enough.”    (Arthur Freed)

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”    (Ayn Rand)

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“Boxes of Crayolas – Be Brave -Unfold Your Own Myth”

Please excuse the first quotation because of the word ‘bomb’ and the images that it may conjure up because of what happened recently in Boston. We may still be jittery and sensitive about the events in Boston; however, there is no bad intent on my part nor do I take lightly what happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died and also to those who were injured. Nonetheless, I saw the following quote and believed that the message would’ve been much better than what happened. ~ Alex Pena

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“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” (Robert Fulghum)

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“’It is very hard to be brave,’ said Piglet, sniffing slightly, ‘when you’re only a Very Small Animal.’
Rabbit, who had begun to write very busily, looked up and said: ‘It is because you are a very small animal that you will be Useful in the adventure before us.’”
(Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Piglet)

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” (Rumi)

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“Day Is Too Dear – Just Listen – Give Me A Call – Believe”

 

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”      (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations)

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“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.  Just listen.  Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.   A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”     (Rachel Naomi Remem)

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“I don’t want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower.  I’d rather make a place where things are a little quieter.  Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges and where elves don’t come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles.  Where vampires respect the limits, and where the faeries mind their p’s and q’s.  My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.  Conjure by it at your own risk.  When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call.  I’m in the book.”      (Jim Butcher, Storm Front)

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“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny bit of magic, all your dreams can come true.”     (SpongeBob SquarePants)

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“Imagination Has No Age”

 

“Nobody goes “AAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!” when they sing it. Maybe because it puts the life adventure in such clear and simple terms.  The small creature is alive and looks for adventure.  Here’s the drainpipe — a long tunnel going up toward some light.  The spider doesn’t even think about it — just goes. Disaster befalls it — rain, flood, powerful forces.  And the spider is knocked down and out beyond where it started.  Does the spider say, ‘To hell with that’?    No.    Sun comes out — clears things up — dries off the spider. And the small creature goes over to the drainpipe and looks up and thinks it really wants to know what is up there.”     (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?  Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet.  Funny, it seems to by keeping its dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air.  Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”   (Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete)

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“If only the scientific experts could come up with something to get it out of our minds.  One cup of fixit fizzle that will lift the dirt from our lives, soften our hardness, protect our inner parts, improve our processing, reduce our yellowing and wrinkling, improve our natural color, and make us sweet and good.”     (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“Laughter is timeless.  Imagination has no age.  And dreams are forever.”

 (Walt Disney Company)

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“Come In! Let’s Think the Unthinkable.

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”      
(Shel Silverstein)

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“If you’re going to try, go all the way.  Otherwise, don’t even start.  This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.  It could mean not eating for three or four days.  It could mean freezing on a park bench.  It could mean jail.  It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation.  Isolation is the gift.  All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.  And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.  If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that.  You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.  You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.  It’s the only good fight there is.”      (Charles Bukowski, Factotum)

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“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back.  That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library.  And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards.  We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases.  In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”     (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)

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“Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives.  It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers.  Good people who are always “there,” who can be relied upon in small, important ways.  People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life. We never tell them.  I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves.  There are those who depend in us, watch us, learn from us, take from us.  And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you.  The rub is that you don’t always know who.”      
(Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not ‘eff’ it after all.”      (Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)

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