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 Life That Sizzles and Pops; Create Something, Anything”

“Why does life give you nothing when you ask for so little?

That’s why.”    (Robert Brault)



“Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up here at birth.  Now we have to qualify.”     (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)



“You don’t want to get to the end of life’s journey and discover you never left the interstate.”   (Robert Brault)



“It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us.  Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a façade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.”  (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)



“To all the secret writers, late-night painters, would-be singers, lapsed and scared artists of every stripe, dig out your paintbrush, or your flute, or your dancing shoes.  Pull out your camera or your computer or your pottery wheel. Today, tonight, after the kids are in bed or when your homework is done, or instead of one more video game or magazine, create something, anything.

Pick up a needle and thread, and stitch together something particular and honest and beautiful, because we need it.  I need it.

Thank you, and keep going.”  (Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines:  Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)



“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud.  And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now.  I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”  (Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines:  Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)


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