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.

“The Voice That Speaks Inside”


“Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.  See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”    (Rabindranath Tagore)


“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy.  If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem.  But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.”    (E. B. White)


“Edward James Olmos, speaking at a commencement address, said, ‘Chase your passion, not your pension.  Be inspired to learn as much as you can, to find a cause that benefits humankind – and you’ll be sought after for your quality of service and dedication to excellence.  This passion will make you oblivious of quitting time and to the length of your workday.  You’ll awake every morning with the passion of pursuit, but not the pursuit of money.  Those who do more than they’re paid for are always sought for their services.  Their name and work outlive them and always command the highest price.  Chase your passion, not your pension.’”    (Page a Day Calendar)


 “The Voice –

 There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

‘I feel this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.’

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you — just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.”    (Shel Silverstein)


“A disciple once complained, ‘You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us.’  The master replied, ‘How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up for you before giving it to you?”    (Anonymous)  


“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)


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