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.

“Do What You Are Afraid to Do”


“Life is indeed a gamble, the ultimate game of chance, based purely upon having the ability to make the right choices at the right time.  You never win or lose in life if you realize it is all just for the experience. Learn to create your own destiny; don’t wait to see what fate throws your way.”   (Steven Redhead, Keys to Creating Your Reality)



“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking, we can get on with creating the future.”   (James Bertrand)



“The path to wisdom does, in fact, begin with a single step.  Where people go wrong is in ignoring all the thousands of other steps that come after it.  They make the single step of deciding to become one with the universe and for some reason forget to take the logical next step of living for seventy years on a mountain and a daily bowl of rice and yak butter tea that would give it any meaning.  While evidence says that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, they’re probably all on first steps.”   (Terry Pratchett)



“In the beginning, spirituality is a seeking practice.  We seek peace, we seek joy, we seek wisdom, we seek awakening, we seek self betterment.  Farther down the road, the realization comes that we already are the peace and joy and wisdom and awakening and self betterment that we seek.  At that point, spirituality becomes what it is … Not a practice of seeking anything. But a practice of uncovering what was there inside you all along.  You already are the light at the end of the tunnel.  You already are the wisdom, you already are the peace, you already are the joy.  You already are awakened, you already are perfect.  All that’s left is for you to discover that you are.”   (Teal Scott)



“A man, who seeks only the light, while shirking his responsibilities, will never find illumination.  And one who keeps his eyes fixed upon the sun ends up blind.

It doesn’t matter what others think – because that’s what they will think, in any case.  So, relax.

Let the universe move about.  Discover the joy of surprising yourself.

The master says:  ‘Make use of every blessing that God gave you today.  A blessing cannot be saved.’

There is no bank where we can deposit blessings received, to use them when we see fit.  If you do not use them, they will be irretrievably lost.  God knows that we are creative artists when it comes to our lives.  On one day, he gives us clay for sculpting, on another, brushes and canvas, or a pen.  But we can never use clay on our canvas, nor pens in sculpture.  Each day has its own miracle.  Accept the blessings, work, and create your minor works of art today. Tomorrow you will receive others.”   (Paulo Coelho, Maktub)


“Always do what you are afraid to do.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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