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.

“Life Has No Victims / Create a World of Real Magic”


“Who are you to judge the life I live?

I know I’m not perfect – and I don’t live to be.

But before you start pointing fingers … make sure your hands are clean!”   (Bob Marley)



“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times.  But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by.  It’s actions, not words, that matter.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue)  



“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions.  You change direction but the sandstorm chases you.  You turn again, but the storm adjusts.  Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn.  Why?  Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you.  This storm is you.  Something inside of you.  So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step.  There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones.  That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm.  No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades.  People will bleed there, and you will bleed too.  Hot, red blood.  You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.  You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over.  But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.  That’s what this storm’s all about.”   (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)



“Life has no victims.  There are no victims in this life.

No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today.  We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.

Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past.  Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you.  Instead, stand up and face your past!  Face your fears!  Face your pain!

And stomach it all!  You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying- but by all means – face it!

This life makes no room for cowards.”   (C. JoyBell C.)



“She had just realized there were two things that prevent us from achieving our dreams: believing them to be impossible or seeing those dreams made possible by some sudden turn of the wheel of fortune, when you least expected it.  For at that moment, all our fears suddenly surface:  the fear of setting off along a road heading who knows where, the fear of a life full of new challenges, the fear of losing forever everything that is familiar.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym)



“Be like the sun for grace and mercy.  Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity.  Be like death for rage and anger.  Be like the Earth for modesty.  Appear as you are.  Be as you appear.”   (Rumi)



“We can choose to function at a lower level of awareness and simply exist, caring for our possessions, eating, drinking, sleeping and managing in the world as pawns of the elements, or we can soar to new and higher levels of awareness allowing ourselves to transcend our environment and literally create a world of our own — a world of real magic.”   (Dr. Wayne Dyer)


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