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.

“You Have to Say That You Can”


“The future is not a scenario written, which we only have to act out; it is a work which we have to create.”    (Roger Garaudy)



“At any time, you can rethink your life and reinvent yourself.

Choose your words better and say/affirm exclusively what you aspire to create in your life.

Dare to dream and dare to stand out.  Get off the beaten path.”    (Denise Pitre) 



“It is a painful thing to say to oneself: by choosing one road I am turning my back on a thousand others. Everything is interesting; everything might be useful; everything attracts and charms a noble mind; but death is before us; mind and matter make their demands; willy-nilly we must submit and rest content as to things that time and wisdom deny us, with a glance of sympathy which is another act of our homage to the truth.”   (Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods)



“If you’re going to try, go all the way.  Otherwise, don’t even start.  This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.  It could mean not eating for three or four days.  It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail.  It could mean derision.  It could mean mockery – isolation. Isolation is the gift.  All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.  And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.  If you’re going to try, go all the way.  There is no other feeling like that.  You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.  You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.  It’s the only good fight there is.”    (Charles Bukowski)



“The first step is you have to say that you can.”   (Will Smith)

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