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.

“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)   



“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)



“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)



“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)



“’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)



“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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