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 is Simple / Life is Delicious Ambiquity”


“Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road.  A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once.  Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple.  Then he could no longer restrain himself.  ‘We monks don’t go near females,’ he told Tanzan, ‘especially not young and lovely ones.  It is dangerous.  Why did you do that?”

‘I left the girl there,’ said Tanzan.  ‘Are you still carrying her?’”   (Nyogen Senzaki, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones:  A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings)



“Guilt is a wasted emotion.  Look back on the past but don’t stare.”   (Wally Lamb, We Are Water)



“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.  It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”   (Paulo Coehlo)



“Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time.  This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.”   (Thomas Merton)



“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.  Delicious Ambiguity.”   (Gilda Radner)


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