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.

Archive for the month “January, 2014”

“Here’s Some Advice and Other Things for You”

 

“’I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say.  I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of.  Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand?  The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”  (Louis C.K)

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“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.  Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc.  Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’”    (Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody:  and 39 Other Keys to Creativity)

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A wise older woman once told me that humans are victims of time.  We fall prey to the illusion that there is always tomorrow while missing today.  And in that way, we only have yesterday.

And so this year, I only have one resolution.

To not stand in the quicksand.  To not let wistful turn to longing and longing to regret and regret to disappointment.  To turn longing to this moment.  To be wistful for today.  To not wish.  To just do.

To live for today.”    (Nayia Moysidis)

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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out.  Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast…. a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.  Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure.  It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.  While you can. While it’s still here.  So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.  Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.  I promise you this; you will outlive the bastards.”   (Edward Abbey)

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“As the saying goes, you might as well be yourself; everyone else is taken.”   (Robert Bly)

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“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”   (Jacques-Yves Cousteau)

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“Always & Never:  Two words you should ALWAYS remember NEVER to use.”  (Wendall Johnson)

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“Unconditional Love – You’ve Got it All Wrong”

 

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)

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“We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”   (Robert Fulghum, True Love)

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“Dear Human:

You’ve got it all wrong.

You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. This is where you came from and where you’ll return.

You came here to learn personal love.

Universal love.

Messy love.

Sweaty Love.

Crazy love.

Broken love.

Whole love.

Infused with divinity.

Lived through the grace of stumbling.

Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up.

Often.

You didn’t come here to be perfect, you already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human.

Flawed and fabulous.

And rising again into remembering.

But unconditional love?  Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn’t need any adjectives.

It doesn’t require modifiers.

It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.

And do your best.

That you stay present and feel fully.

That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as you.

It’s enough.

It’s plenty.”   (Courtney A. Walsh)

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“Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable”

 

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted.  But what of people who can’t feel?  Or talk about their feelings?  Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships?  And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love?  These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”   (Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers)

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“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.  And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“Refuse to fall down.  If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled.  You may be pushed down.  You may be kept from rising.  But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven – only you.  It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear.  The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening.”   (Clarissa Pinkola Estés)

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“I think the highest forgiveness is to accept that creation is thoroughly tangled, with every possible quality given outlet for expression.  People need to accept once and for all that there is only one life and each of us is free to shape it through the choices we make.

Seeking can’t get anyone out of the tangle because everything is tangled up… it’s much easier to keep up the fight between good and evil, holy and profane, us and them.  But as awareness grows, these opposites begin to calm down in their clashes, and something else emerges – a world you feel at home in.”    (Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets)

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“Enlightenment is:  absolute cooperation with the inevitable.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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In the Mess of Our ‘Unfixedness'”

 

“As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me.  Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes.  If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate.”   (Ravi Ravindra)

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“Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God’s being present in the mess of our unfixedness.”   (Mike Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality)

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“I don’t think that God says, ‘Go to church and pray all day and everything will be fine.’  No.  For me God says, ‘Go out and make the changes that need to be made, and I’ll be there to help you.’”  (Elvia Alvarado, Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo)

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“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labor continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labor my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.”   (W. B. Yeats)

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“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.  Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious.”   (Albert Einstein)

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“Move in a Certain Direction, Fulfill Your Potential”

 

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda.  Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body.  Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on – alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”   (Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets:  Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life)

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“The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.”   (Ralph Charell)

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“If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.”   (George Bernard Shaw)

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“Every day that we fail to live out the maximum of our potentialities we kill the Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, Christ which is in us.”   (Henry Miller)

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“Create your legacy by fulfilling your potential…”   (Gino Norris, Stress Diary Journal)

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“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”   (Walter Bagehot)

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“Who the hell said you no longer had it in you?”   (Charles Bukowski)

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“Find Yourself, Get Even with People, Have a Good Day”

 

“You’ve got to find yourself first.  Everything else’ll follow.”   (Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot)

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“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.  From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment.  The eternal makes you urgent.  You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”   (John O’Donohue, Anam Cara:  A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul.  Get even with people… but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”   (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

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“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.”   (Brian Tracy)

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“If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”   (Robert Fritz, The Path of Least Resistance)

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“Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.”   (Racheal Gordon)

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“You Are Valuable, Equipped, Anointed, and Approved!”

 

“There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure.  A fool.  A loser.  A hopeless souse!  Don’t you ever say it of yourself.  You send out the wrong signal.  That is what people pick up.  Do you understand?  If you care about something fight for it.  You hit a wall, push through it.  There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin:  You can never let it defeat you.”   (Captain Haddock, The Adventures of Tintin)

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“It doesn’t make any difference whether what you face is something that affects your work, your personal relationships, your sense of security, your appraisal of self-worth, or your appearance — the way you think about your situation largely determines whether you will do anything about it and what you will do.”   (Dr. Arthur Freeman and Rose DeWolf)

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“A small trouble is like a pebble.  Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.  Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified.  Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.”   (Celia Luce)

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“The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have.”   (Nido Qubein)

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“‘What is the world’s greatest lie?’ the little boy asks.

The old man replies, ‘It’s this:  that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.  That’s the world’s greatest lie.’”  (Paulo Coelho)

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“If you keep focusing on your flaws, listening to what other people are saying, you can miss your destiny.  Instead, remind yourself that you are valuable, you are equipped, you are anointed, you are approved!”   (Joel Osteen)

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“Man is a Marvelously Picturesque Piece of Diversity”

 

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”   (Henry David Thoreau)

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“In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.”  (Theodore Roosevelt)

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“At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.”    (Friedrich Nietzsche)

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.  It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”   (Robert F. Kennedy)

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“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”   (Sun Tzu, The Art of War)

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“You Are a Rainbow With Gold at Both Ends”

 

“We spend our lives asking the question, ‘What do people want me to do?  Who do they want me to be?’  But this is a betrayal of our inner truth.  We should be investing our lives in the pursuit of discovering who we are and what we were created to do.”   (Elizabeth Grace Saunders)

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“A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.”   (Jillian Michaels)

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“Learn to be brave and adventurous because you’ll never discover your place in the world, if you’re too afraid to leave your own backyard.”   (Nina Guilbeau)

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“Unless we take that first step into the unknown, we will never know our own potential!”   (Allan Rufus)

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“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.  Life is a beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it.  Life is a duty, complete it.  Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise, fulfill it.  Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it.  Life is a struggle, accept it.  Life is a tragedy, confront it.  Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.  Life is life, fight for it!”  (Mother Teresa)

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“Dare to love yourself

as if you were a rainbow

with gold at both ends.”   (Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams)

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“Don’t Change the World, Change Yourself”

 

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”    (Aristotle)

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“In the beginning, it is difficult and even painful to see the faults in yourself, the flaws in your soul, the error of your ways.  But I have come to love the moments when I see my flaws and I spot my errors!  It is one of the most beautiful things, really!  Because it is when we see our own flaws and our own errors that we can find the opposite of those things!  It is when we see our own flaws and our own errors that we can see that there is so much more room to become better!  And so I have come to actually rejoice when I find something wrong with me! And I know when it’s really wrong because I can see it and I can feel it in my heart both at the same time — it is a revelation. It’s not something that comes from any external source; but it is my own spirit and the voice of God revealing these things to me, unfolding them, rolling them out of a silken cloth at my feet. And I smile.”   (C. JoyBell C.)

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“Note and Quote to Self – What you think, say and do!

Your life mainly consists of 3 things!

  • What you think,
  • What you say and
  • What you do!

So always be very conscious of what you are co-creating!”   (Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge)

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“There are essentially two questions in life – a spiritual question and a material question.  The spiritual question is ‘Who am I?’  The material question is ‘What am I to do with my life?’  One leads to the other.”   (Rasheed Ogunlaru)

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“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.”    (Miguel Ruiz)

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