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 Better Than Yourself”

“One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic — something or other which we do not possess.  Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go.  You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically.  Will it be success or failure?  It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word ‘decide’ contains.  The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success.  Remember the Chinese proverb, ‘With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.’”    (Maltbie Davenport Babcock)

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“All my life I used to wonder what I would become when I grew up.  Then, about seven years ago, I realized that I was never going to grow up; that growing is an ever ongoing process.”  (M. Scott Peck)

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“Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.”    (Chinese inscription cited by Thoreau in Walden)  

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Whatever task you undertake, do it with all your heart and soul.  Always be courteous, never be discouraged. Beware of him who promises something for nothing.  Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. Do not look for approval except the consciousness of doing your best.”   (Bernard Baruch)

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.  Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.”    (William Faulkner)

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“Why settle for being effective when you could be insanely awesome?”    (Zenith Data Systems)

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