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.

“I Want to Gain in Strength”


“I do believe in simplicity.  It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit.  When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms.  So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real.  Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”  (Henry David Thoreau)



“One of the most troublesome things in life is that what you do or do not want has very little to do with what does or does not happen.”   (Lemony Snicket)



“But that was life:  Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park.  You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for … or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.”     (J. R. Ward, Crave)   



“So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons.  And maybe we’ll never know most of them.  But even if we don’t have the answer to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.  We can still do things.  And we can try to feel okay about them.”    (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky)



“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”     (Kahil Gibran)



“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard.  I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more.”     (Anaïs Nin)


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