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.

“Lottery, God, Devil, Drinking and Celebration. Oh, and the Meaning of Life!”


“I count myself lucky, having long ago won a lottery paid to me in seven sunrises a week for life.”    (Robert Brault)



“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered.  But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written.  We adjust to new conditions and discoveries.  We are pliable.  Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum.  I am my own god.  We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system.  We are here to drink beer.  We are here to kill war.  We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”    (Charles Bukowski)



“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!”   (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You:  Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)



“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”    (Denis Waitley)  



“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”    (Charles Bukowski, Women)



“Celebration when your plan is working?  Anyone can do that.  But when you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that’s when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that’s celebration.   (Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines:  Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)



“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know.  Nevertheless, with what I have – I can reflect light into the dark places of this world – into the black places in the hearts of men – and change some things in some people.  Perhaps others may see and do likewise.  This is what I am about.  This is the meaning of my life.”    (Robert Fulghum)


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