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.

“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)



“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) 


“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)



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

I love you.

You are beautiful.

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



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


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