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.

“Be Very Still and Open Your Mind”


“A learning experience is one of those things that say, ‘You know that thing you just did?  Don’t do that.’”   (Douglas Adams)



“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”   (Albert Einstein)



“Maybe the thing to do after you roll the dice – and lose – is simply pick them up and roll again.”   (Something Borrowed)



“This is about all the bad days in the world.  I used to have some little bad days and I kept them in a little box.  And one day, I threw them out into the yard.  ‘Oh, it’s just a couple little innocent bad days.’  Well, we had a big rain.  I don’t know what it was growing in, but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too.  Don’t plant your bad days.  They grow into weeks.  The weeks grow into months.  Before you know it you got yourself a bad year.  Take it from me.  Choke those little bad days.  Choke ‘em down to nothing’.  They’re your days.  Choke ‘em!”   (Tom Waits)



“Life is a series of pulls back and forth.  You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else.  Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t.  You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.  A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band.  And most of us live somewhere in the middle.”  (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie)



“Never expect; always give the benefit of doubt; give better than your best; be open to everything; don’t expect the worst but if it happens, embrace it; do your karma by giving but never let the person know; never crush your creativity; don’t live life with blinkers on; and learn at least one new thing every day.”   (Rekha)



“All your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting it must be found outside you.”  …  “Listen in deep silence.  Be very still and open your mind.”   (A Course in Miracles)


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