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.

“We Must Hunger for Them / We Shall Get There Someday”


“Unless that underground level of the self is preserved as a verified and verifying element in your makeup, you are going to be in danger of settling into whatever profile the world prepares for you and accepting whatever profile the world provides for you.  You’ll be in danger of molding yourselves in accordance with laws of growth other than those of your own intuitive being.”   (Seamus Heaney, poet)



“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants.  The way it stops and starts.”   (Edgar Allan Poe)



“There’s no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over.  Change now.  Love now. Live now.  Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won’t.”   (Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!)



“How will you succeed?  The answer may be found in a few simple words written by Abe Lincoln:  ‘When I do good I feel good.  When I do bad I feel bad.  And that’s my religion.’  All of us have a voice inside that will speak to us if we let it.  Sometimes it’s easy to hear; sometimes we have to turn down the volume of the distracting noise around us so we can listen.  That voice tells us if we are on the right track.  It lets us know if we give as much as we take, if we welcome the opinions of others, and at least accept diversity even if we are not able to embrace it.”   (Christopher Reeve)



“Love what you do, or don’t do it.  Don’t make a choice of any kind, whether in career or in life, just because it pleases others or because it ranks high on someone else’s scale of achievement or even because it seems to be, perhaps even for you at the time, simply the logical thing to do at that moment on your path.  Make the choice to do something because it engages your heart as well as your mind.  Make the choice because it engages all of you.” (Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard)



“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”   (George Eliot)



“Rivers know this:  there is no hurry.  We shall get there someday.”   (Winnie the Pooh)


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