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.

“This Is to Be My Symphony”

 

“Most of the shadows in life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“One of the things I learned in my maddest years was that one could be in a room, with walls and barred windows and locks on the doors, surrounded by other crazy people, or even stuffed into an isolation cell all alone, but that really wasn’t the room one was in at all.  The real room that one occupied was constructed by memory, by relationships, by events, by all sorts of unseen forces.  Sometimes delusions.  Sometimes hallucinations.  Sometimes desires. Sometimes dreams and hopes, or ambitions.  Sometimes anger.  That was what was important:  to always recognize where the real walls were.”     (John Katzenbach, The Madman’s Tale)

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”   (Thomas Edison)

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“Act the way you’d like to be, and soon you will be the way you act.”   (George W. Crane)

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.  This is to be my symphony.”   (Ellery Channing)

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