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.

Archive for the month “July, 2013”

“Our Life – Wishes – Meditation – Dogs and Angels”

 

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”   (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)

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“You have power over your mind – not outside events.  Realize this, and you will find strength.”   (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)

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“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.”    (Tony DeLiso, Legacy:  The Power Within)

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“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”    (Old Zen Adage)

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“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”    (Dean Koontz)

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“Dogs and angels … are not very far apart.”    (Charles Bukowski)

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“A Simple Philosophy – Fill …, Empty … and Scratch … .”

 

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”    (Thomas Merton)

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“There are powers far beyond us, plans far beyond what we could have ever thought of, visions far more vast than what we can ever see on our own with our own eyes, there are horizons long gone beyond our own horizons.  This is courage – to throw away what is our own that is limited and to thrust ourselves into the hands of these higher powers – God and Destiny.  To do this is to abide in the realm of the eternal, to walk in the path of the everlasting to follow in the footprints of God and demi-gods.  The hardest part for man is the letting go.  For some reason, he thinks himself big enough to know and to see what’s good for him.  But in the letting go … is found freedom.  In the letting go …  is found the flight!”   (C. JoyBell C.)

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“We are the makers of our own lives.  There is no such thing as fate.  Our lives are the result of our previous actions, our karma, and it naturally follows that, having been ourselves the maker of our karma, we must also be able to unmake it.”    (Vivekananda)

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“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”    (Charles Bukowski)   

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“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.  The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”    (Carlos Santana)

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“I have a simple philosophy:  Fill what’s empty.  Empty what’s full.  Scratch where it itches.”  (Alice Roosevelt Longworth)

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“The Mystery of Human Existence”

 

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”    (Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness)

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“My soul will find yours.”   (Jude Deveraux, A Night in Shining Armor)

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“I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want.”    (George B. Shaw)

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“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.  But they are there for a reason.  Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)

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“The past has no power over the present moment.”    (Eckhart Tolle)

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.”    (William J. Bryan)

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov)

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“Listen to Your Life”

 

“Pooh looked at his two paws.  He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you decided which one of them was the right, then the other was the left, but never could remember how to begin.”    (Winnie the Pooh)

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“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”    (Charles Bukowski)

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“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”    (Eckhart Tolle)

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“Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery it is.  In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”  (Frederick Buechner)

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“No one’s life should be rooted in fear.  We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.”    (Deen Koontz, Life Expectancy)

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“Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”   (Mother Teresa)

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“In the Time of Your Life, Live.”

 

“Life has three rules:  Paradox, Humor, and Change.

 Paradox:  Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.

Humor:  Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself.  It is a strength beyond all measure.

Change:  Know that nothing ever stays the same.”    (Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior:  A Book That Changes Lives)

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“The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed.  Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.”    (Joseph Campbell)

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“We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often ‘Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.’”    (M. Scott Peck)

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“In the time of your life, live — so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches.  Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away.  Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.  Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior.  Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.  No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is any man’s innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil.  These, understand.  Have no shame in being kindly and gentle … .

In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”    (William Saroyan, The Time of Your Life)

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“We Must Dream as Well as Act”

“From small beginnings come great things.”    (Proverbs)

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“Hold fast to dreams,

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.”    (Langston Hughes)

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“The main reason someone moves mountains, wins friends, influences people, amasses a fortune, or anything else, is because they thought they would.

You can do this.

Shall we ‘Veni, Vedi, Vici!’

        (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes From the Universe)

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“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”    (Lou Holtz)

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“Do you want to know who you are?  

Don’t ask.   Act!

Action will delineate and define you.”   (Thomas Jefferson)

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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.  From now on, you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.  The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”    (The Princess Diaries movie)

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“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”    (Anatole France)

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“Believe in Yourself + A Tiny Bit of Magic = Your Dreams Can Come True.”

“Mind is everything.  Every thought you create manifests itself in real world; if you don’t achieve something you strive for – you simply didn’t believe in it enough.”    (Mario Novak)

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“Cherish your solitude.  Take trains by yourself to places you have never been.  Sleep out alone under the stars.  Learn how to drive a stick shift.  Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something.  Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees.  Decide whether you want to be liked or admired.  Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.”   (Eve Ensler)

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“Kindness is the highest form of intelligence.  Negativity is poison and in all things we reap what we sow.  When you are negative without tempering such actions or attitudes with kindness, you create an environment ripe for the breeding of resentment and animosity, hurt feelings are the natural outcome.  The intelligence comes in when you realize that a kind word or action results in reciprocation, it opens the door to love and contentment.  Negativity and criticism may help to develop a thicker skin, but pressed too hard, the skin becomes stone, and have you ever tried to squeeze blood from a stone?”    (Unknown)

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“Trust is the glue of life.  It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication.  It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”     (Stephen R. Covey)

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“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny bit of magic, all your dreams can come true.” (SpongeBob SquarePants)

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“To Achieve the Marvelous, the Unthinkable Must be Thought” / “The Power of Wriggling”

“Both destiny’s kisses and its dope-slaps illustrate an individual person’s basic personal powerlessness over the really meaningful events in his life:  i.e. almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trench-coated out of an alley with some sort of ‘Psst’ that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.” (David Foster Wallace)

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“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”    (John Lennon)

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“I believe that what we get out of life is what we’ve set ourselves up to get, so there’s no such thing as an inconsequential decision.  Our destinies are the culmination of all the choices we’ve made along the way, which is why it’s imperative to listen hard to your inner voice when it speaks up.  Don’t let anyone else’s noise drown it out.”    (Megan McCafferty, Second Helpings)

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 “If you lack the iron and the fuzz to take control of your own life, if you insist on leaving your fate to the gods, then the gods will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense.  Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don’t be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked.  The dull and prosaic will be granted adventures that will dice their central nervous systems like an onion; romantic dreamers will end up in the rope yard. …  The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable.  But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”     (Tom Robbins)

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“Failure or success seems to have been allotted to men by their stars.  But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe, the only interesting movement is this wriggle.”    (E. M. Forster)

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”    (Cynthia Kersey)

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“How Far Can You Go?”

“Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’  It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.  If you bring love to that moment — not discouragement — you will find the strength there.  Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.  What a privilege!! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.  Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures, followed by wreckage, were the incidents that shaped the life you have now.  You’ll see this is really true.  Nothing can happen to you that is not positive.  Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.  The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”   (Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion)

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“I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead:  What we fear doing the most is usually what we most need to do.”    (Tim Ferriss)

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“A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness.  We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome, just through the force of their personalities.  This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well.  To develop this trait, one must find ways to order consciousness so as to be in control of feelings and thoughts.  It is best not to expect shortcuts will do the trick.”    (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

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“Yes, there are times when the gold medal only goes to the winner.  But not in the race of life, where the winners are those who are superior not to others but to their former selves.”  (Robert Cooper)

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“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”    (T.S. Eliot) 

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“A Possibility Was Born the Day You Were Born”

 

“A possibility was born the day you were born and it will live as long as you live.”    (Marcus Solero)

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“Life can be a constant struggle, filled with hardship and obstacles.  Or it can be a grand adventure filled with challenges and intrigue.  Every second of every day, it’s entirely up to you how you live it.  It all ends the same way.  How you feel when you get there is the only thing you have control over.”    (I Wrote This for You)

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“Don’t become a wandering generality.  Be a meaningful specific.”    (Zig Ziglar)

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“Know yourself fully before making promises to another.  Make many mistakes so you’ll know the right decision when it really matters.  Know when to hold on and when to let go.  Love hard and often, and without reservation.  Seek knowledge.  Open yourself up to possibility.  Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free.  Embrace your darkness along with your light.  Never mislead anyone, especially yourself.  Have the courage to admit when you’re wrong.  Awaken to the brilliance of ordinary moments.  See goodness in the world.  Strive to be your best.  Be bold.  Be grateful.  Be wild and gloriously free.  Be you.”    (Jeannette LeBlanc)

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“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”    (Charles Kettering)

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“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”    (Tony Robbins)

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