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.

“The Whole Universe Surrenders”


“It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone.  And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone.  The earth will be gone.  The sun will be gone.  There’ll be nothing.  The best you can do to get through life is distraction.  Love works as a distraction.  And work works as a distraction.  You can distract yourself a billion different ways.  But the key is to distract yourself.”    (Woody Allen, Esquire Magazine, 2013)



“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”    (Mary Manin Morrissey)



“Bad things are always going to happen in life.  People will hurt you.  But you can’t use that as an excuse to fail or to hurt someone back.  You’ll only hurt yourself.”    (Unknown Author)



“The bad news is, people are crueler, meaner and more evil than you’ve imagined.  The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed.”    (I Wrote This For You)


“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t.  And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would.  You see?”    (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)


“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did for all those people, well, maybe everyone can.  Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”    (I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak)



“To the mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders.”    (Lao Tzu)


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