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.

“No More ‘Supposed Tos,’ OK?”


“Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more.  Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.”    (The Dark Knight movie)



“Passion is passion.  It’s the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn’t matter where it’s directed … It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith … the saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all.”    (Nicholas Sparks, Dear John)



“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism:  all these are things we can do.”    (Hermann Hesse)



“I used to think I knew everything.  I was a ‘smart person’ who ‘got things done,’ and because of that, the higher I climbed, the more I could look down and scoff at what seemed silly or simple, even religion.

But I realized something as I drove home that night:  that I am neither better nor smarter, only luckier.  And I should be ashamed of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it.  So many people are in pain – no matter how smart or accomplished – they cry, they yearn, they hurt.  But instead of looking down on things, they look up, which is where I should have been looking, too.  Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things:  comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.”    (Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story)


“Don’t lose your focus, anticipate your future, activate your faith then pursue your dreams.”    (Doctor Tawandia Smith-Daniel)



“No more ‘supposed tos,’ OK?

You’re not supposed to work harder, look better, sleep less, sell more, run faster, talk slower, be happier, stay longer, leave earlier, cook, clean, negotiate, settle, start, stop, move, try, win, shake, rattle or roll.

Other people made all that up.

I love you the way you are.

  (signed) The Universe”    (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 8.6.13)                                         


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