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.

“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)



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



“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)



 “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)



“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)



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



“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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