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.

Archive for the month “October, 2013”

“Halloween Treat”

 

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.”   (Robert Brault)   

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“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.  Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way?  And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year?  Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day.  People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs.”   (Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief)

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“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”   (R. J. Palacio)

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“People give you a hard time about being a kid at twelve.  They didn’t want to give you Halloween candy anymore.  They said things like, ‘If this were the Middle-Ages, you’d be married and you’d own a farm with about a million chickens on it.’  They were trying to kick you out of childhood.  Once you were gone, there was no going back, so you had to hold on as long as you could.”   (Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals)

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“’Who are you writing to, Linus?’

‘This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin.  On Halloween Night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!’

‘You must be crazy!  When are you going to stop believing in something that isn’t true?’

‘When *you* stop believing in that fellow with a red suit and the white beard who goes, Ho, ho, ho!’

‘We’re obviously separated by denominational differences.’”   (Charles M. Schulz)

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“And that’s when I realized, when you’re a kid you don’t need a costume, you ARE superman.”   (Jerry Seinfeld)

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“Time to Go to a New Movie / Don’t Ask the World to Change”

  

“Got this one from a Tony Robbins seminar (I think it was ‘Date with Destiny’):

You have any movies you just absolutely hated?  Yah?  Me, too.

Quick question:  Would you go watch it 10,000 times?

Um.  Riiiight.

That’d be pretty stupid, eh?

So, another quick question:  Why do we replay that horrible scene from our lives over and over and over and over and over and over again?

Time to go to a new movie, wouldn’t you say?”   (Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher and CEO of en*theos)

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“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”   (Alan Alda)

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“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”   (Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass)

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“You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe.

You think you belong to this world of dust and matter.

Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin”   (Rumi, Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God:  Passionate Poems of Rumi)

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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.  What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”    (Thomas Merton)

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“Don’t ask the world to change….you change first.”    (Anthony de Mello)

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“Put On Your Big Boots / An Adventure is Going to Happen”

 

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

“I don’t much care where –”

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”   (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)

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“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.  If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy.  But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place.  Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time … and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.  God has placed it all around us.  It is in everything and anything we might experience.  We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”   (Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild)

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”   (Helen Keller)

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“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”   (Rumi)

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“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”  (A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh)

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“Do Not Be Afraid / Learn to Turn on the Light”

 

“Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny.  We may not know that we have one.  As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs.  Rather than being taught to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others.  We are, in effect, trained to listen to others’ versions of ourselves.  We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else!  When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed that the dream was beyond our reach.  Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if…

If we had known who we really were.”    (Julia Cameron)

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“There are some things that are best forgotten.  And when I remember what a few of them are, I’ll drop you a line.  But a couple of things worth remembering, that are all too easily forgotten, are the times in your life when you felt absolutely alone and uncertain.  Yet somehow, perhaps beyond perception, there was a great click, after which suddenly a new friend appeared, an idea was imparted, or a connection established, causing the tides to turn and the floodgates to open.

And remembering this, should such ‘alone and uncertain times’ ever revisit you, however dark they may seem, you’ll at least be comforted by recalling how transient they always are. Pass it on.      (signed)    The Universe.”    (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’)

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“Do not be afraid.  Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.  Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  (John Paul II)

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“We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.”   (Earl Nightingale)

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“When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding … you can be yourself.  Relaxed.   You’ll no longer be driving with your brakes on.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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“Maybe there is something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go.  It’s gonna hurt.  It’s gonna hurt because it matters.”    (John Green, Will Grayson)

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“We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm.”   (Winston Churchill)

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“You Are a Child of the Universe / You Have an Appointment with Destiny”

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”   (Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!)

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“Sometimes in life you have an appointment with destiny, and sometimes you just have to get destiny to squeeze you in.”   (Robert Brault)

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“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”   (Henry James)

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“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.  Be ourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”   (Max Ehrmann, Desiderata:  A Poem for a Way of Life)

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“Life begins where fear ends.”   (Osho)

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“Follow Your Heart / Return to the Beauty You Have Always Been”

 

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door:  the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“Follow your heart. Your heart is the right guide in everything big.”   (Kahlil Gibran)

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“When you have acceptance of who you are there is no need to discuss your past.”    (Mark O’Brien)

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“When one door closes, find another.  And what if there isn’t another door?  Then you try a window. And what if there’s not a window?  Then you find a sledgehammer and make a window.  Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Generally speaking, the harder something is the more rewarding the results will be.”   (C. C. Hunter)

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“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret — you return to the beauty you have always been.”   (Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black)

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“Don’t Let a Day Go By Without Asking Who You Are”

 

“People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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“Deep within, there is something profoundly known, not consciously, but subconsciously.  A quiet truth, that is not a version of something, but an original knowing.  What this, absolute, truth [identity] is may be none of our business … but it is there, guiding us along the path of greater becoming; a true awareness.  It is so self-sustaining that our recognition of it is not required.  We are offspring’s of such a powerfully divine force.”    (T. F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph over Death and Conscious Encounters with ‘The Divine Presence’)

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“I am nothing special, of this I am sure.  I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough.”    (Nicholas Sparks)

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“Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we learn.  The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.  Meaning does not lie in things.  Meaning lies in us.”    (Marianne Williamson)

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“You are one thing only.  You are a Divine Being.  An all-powerful Creator.  You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”   (Anthony St. Maarten)

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“Enlightenment is: absolute cooperation with the inevitable.”   (Anthony de Mello) 

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Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are … each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.”   (Deepak Chopra)

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Funny Thoughts for Today – “A Few Cocktails and a Box of Crayons”

 

“If you want an interesting party sometime, combine a few cocktails and a box of crayons.”   (Robert Fulghum)

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“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever.

The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else, so that they can feel this way, too.”   (Lemony Snicket)

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“Next time my analyst says, ‘If you’re unhappy, whose fault do you suppose that is?’ — I got a list of names in my hip pocket.”   (Robert Brault)

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“’You’re judged by the company you keep,’ said my father.  ‘Your father hangs out with jackasses and drunks,’ said my mother.”   (Author Unknown)

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 “’He was his own best friend – always alone, but never lonely,’ said a sad widow of her dead ex-husband at his memorial service.  ‘But I always thought when he was alone he was in bad company.’”   (Anonymous) 

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“God writes a lot of comedy … the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.”   (Garrison Keillor)

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“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”  (Victor Borge)

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”    (Mae West)

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“Dare to Be Yourself / Be What You Might Have Been”

 

“When people understand how to understand why things work the way they do, then and only then can they create a unique future for themselves and those they have been given the privilege to serve through leadership.  If you don’t assume responsibility for understanding generative learning, the best you will ever be able to achieve is mediocrity – competitive parity.”   (Bret L. Simmons)

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“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”     (Max DePree)      

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“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.  Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”    (C. G. Jung)

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“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster.  You have to be whole and complete in yourself.  No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.”    (Nic Sheff)

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“The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity.  Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity … these are the choices that measure your life.  Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.”   (Successories)

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”   (George Eliot)

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“The Effect You Can Have / Your Mom Knows Who You Are”

 

“It is understandably human nature to see yourself as small.

Until you stop seeing yourself as just human.

You are pure energy: infinite, inexhaustible, and irresistible.

Should be easy for you,

   (signed)  The Universe”      (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 4.15.13)

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“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”  (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)

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“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?  Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.  To be great is to be misunderstood.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”   (Lao Tzu)

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“I think …. you still have no idea.  The effect you can have.”   (Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay)

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“Eventually you realize that your mom knows exactly who you are and has been trying to break it to you gently all your life.”   (Robert Brault)

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