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 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)



“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’)



“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)



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



“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)



“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)



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


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