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.

“Today I Am Blessed / The Greatest Challenge of the Day”


“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas.  The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.  If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow.  Today I am blessed.”    (Maya Angelou)



“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure.  You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt)



“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person.  To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think.  The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.”   (Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.)



“I wonder about that place at the end of all our striving … that place where the insatiable need to figure it out is silenced, that place where the need to be ‘right’ is extinguished, that place where the impulse to attain a magic formula dissolves, that place where the drive to be somewhere else or be someone else is quieted, that place where the urge to become dependent upon the latest guru or teacher is eradicated, that place where you no longer feel the need to perpetuate the persona of being a spiritual, awakened or enlightened person, that place where there are no advanced spiritual concepts or practices to master or attain, that place where you realize that what you have been looking for, you have; the person you most hoped to be, you are; and what your heart most desires, you have.  And maybe what you notice some time later is that your seeking has ended, and your suffering has too.”   (Jim Palmer, Notes From (over) The Edge)



“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.”   (Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You)



“The greatest challenge of the day is:  how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”   (Dorothy Day)


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