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.

“Your Creators and Experiences Have Made You” – Find Purpose


“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness.

And God said, ‘Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.’

And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man.  Mud as man alone could speak.  God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke.  ‘What is the purpose of all this?’ he asked politely.

‘Everything must have a purpose?’ asked God.

‘Certainly,’ said man.

‘Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,’ said God.

And He went away.”   (Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle)



“Life is difficult.”   (M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled)



“Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere – the sudden revelation that there is a there out there.”   (Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume)



“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate.  It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”   (Leo Rosten)



“Coincidences give you opportunities to look more deeply into your existence.”   (Doug Dillon)



“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.  I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here.  I don’t have to know an answer.  I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.”  (Richard P. Feynman)



“You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe.  Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.”   (N. K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)

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