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.

“Be Happy; Participate Relentlessly.”

“Life is a series of collisions with the future.  It is not the sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.”     (Jose Ortega y Gassett)



“To imagine that you have already arrived, that you are already completely yourself, that there is nothing more to discover, no more to go through, is to live your life unconsciously, to miss out on the pleasures and lessons of life.  It is, in fact to miss out on life itself.

If, without quiet intending to, you have been living this static, swamp-like semblance of a life, ask yourself right now what you’re missing, or, more important, what you would feel you had missed, if this were the last day of your life.

And then start doing something about it right this minute!”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“Find something that you love.  Something that gets you excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning.  Forget about money.  Be happy.     (‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ by Chris Gardner)



“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”    (John Lennon)



“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.”  (Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love)


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