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.

“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)



“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.)



“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)



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



“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)



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


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