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.

“An Explanation of Human Behavior?”


“I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavors.  Your attitude – your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people – determines your priorities, your actions, your values.  Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.”  (Carolyn Warner)



“It’s a common belief that positive thinking leads to a happier, healthier life.  As children we are told to smile, be cheerful and put on a happy face.  As adults we are told to look on the bright side, to make lemonade and see glasses as half full.  Sometimes reality can get in the way of our ability to act the happy part though.  Your hope can fail, boyfriends can cheat, friends can disappoint … In these moments, when you just want to get real, drop the act, and be your true scared unhappy self.”    (Meredith Grey)



“One thing:  you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path.  It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth.  You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.  It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints.  You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”    (Osho)



“Nothing has turned out as we expected!  It never does.  Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.  We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.”    (Gone With the Wind)



“We must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days are in fact here for a much larger and nobler cause.  They are here to save our lives.”    (Emma Thompson)



“Are you expecting me to offer an explanation of human behavior?”    (Sheldon Cooper)


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