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.

“Go Where There is No Path”


“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane.  I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you.  Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you.  Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say ‘this is good, this is bad,’ you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind.  Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion.  Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing.  You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment.  That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”     (Osho)




Live purely.  Be quiet.

Do your work with mastery.

Like the moon, come out

from behind the clouds!

Shine.”    (Buddha)



“But there were some things I believed in.  Some things I had faith in.  And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate.  It isn’t about going sky-clad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine.

Faith is about what you do.  It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others – even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.”    (Jim Butcher, Changes) 



“But there’s something in me that just keeps going on.  I think it has something to do with tomorrow – that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”  (Augusten Burroughs)



“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  


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  1. Peace overfilled my heart while reading these thoughts and the last beam of sun pierced the sunset outside my window. Ralph Waldo Emerson say “Do not follow where the path may lead(…)” and I obey – I didn’t went to bed but turned on my computer and embed the received wisdom. Welcome to the transformational art

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