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.

“Nobody But You is Responsible For Your Life / Don’t Wait”


“When you’re young – when I was young – you want your emotions to be like the ones you read about in books.  You want them to overturn your life, create and define a new reality. Later, I think, you want them to do something milder, something more practical:  you want them to tell you that things are OK.  And is there anything wrong with that?   (Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending)



“We need to move away from this constant need of coming across as calm, cool and collected. We weren’t built to be calm, cool, and collected.  If we were, it wouldn’t feel so f***ing exhausting all the time.  It would, you know, come naturally to us.  You know what comes naturally to human beings though? Being open, being messy, being raw, being unfiltered, having lots of feelings. Why should we have to stifle our true nature?  Let’s go after the things we want, let’s love each other brutally and honestly, and not worry about the consequences. Let’s release the feelings inside of us and let them land somewhere special.  Otherwise, we might have a lifetime of longing in front of us.”   (Ryan O’Connell, You Need to Go After the Things You Want)



“Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.”   (Myrna Loy)



“What is the meaning of life?  That was all – a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the greatest revelation had never come.  The great revelation perhaps never did come.  Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.”   (Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse)



“There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are.  You want one and I want one, but there isn’t one.  It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough.  There is no other way.”   (Marya Hornbacher)



“Nobody but you is responsible for your life.  It doesn’t matter what your mamma did, it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do … you are responsible for your life.  And you are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and you’re responsible for the energy you bring to others.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“Don’t wait.  Don’t wait to do the things you love, to tell someone how you feel, to express yourself fully.  Don’t wait.  Don’t wait to begin, to create, to live the life you dream.  Don’t wait.  Don’t wait to open your arms, to open your heart, to love.  Don’t wait another moment.  Don’t wait.”   (


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