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.

“Make Your Soul Grow”


“Study the heart and the mind of man, and begin with your own.  Meditation and reflection must lay the foundation of that knowledge, but experience and practice must, and alone can, complete it.”   (Lord Chesterfield, Letter to his son, June 6, 1751)



“It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.  It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.  It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give.  And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.”   (Bette Midler)



“I see all this potential, and I see squandering.   …damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars.  Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s**t we don’t need.  We’re the middle children of history, man.  No purpose or place.  We have no Great War.  No Great Depression.  Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives.  We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars.  But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact.  And we’re very, very pissed off.”   (Chuck Palahniuk)



“There’s a lot of fear connected with the inner journey because it penetrates our illusions.  Taking the inner journey will lead you into some very shadow places.  You’re going to learn things about yourself that you’ll wish you didn’t know.  There are monsters in there – monsters that you can’t control – but trying to keep them hidden will only give them greater power.”    (Parker Palmer, ‘Leader to Leader’)



“The words ‘I am …’ are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.  The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.”    (A. L. Kitselman)



“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”   (Kurt Vonnegut)


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