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.

“The Sum Total of Everything That Went Before Me”


“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding.  Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.”   (David Richo, The Power of Coincidence)



“I don’t want to be little again.  But at the same time I do. I want to be me like I was then, and me as I am now, and me like I’ll be in the future.  I want to be me and nothing but me.  I want to be crazy as the moon, wild as the wind and still as the earth.  I want to be every single thing it’s possible to be.  I’m growing and I don’t know how to grow.  I’m living but I haven’t started living yet.  Sometimes I simply disappear from myself.  Sometimes it’s like I’m not here in the world at all and I simply don’t exist.  Sometimes I can hardly think.  My head just drifts and the visions that come seem so vivid.”    (David Almond, Jackdaw Summer)



“You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live.  What a way to exist.”   (Neale Donald Walsch, Home With God, In a Life That Never Ends)



“Before you write, think.

Before you spend, earn.

Before you invest, investigate.

Before you criticize, wait.

Before you pray, forgive.

Before you quit, try.

Before you retire, save.

Before you die, give.”   (William Arthur Ward)



“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me.  I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine.  I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”   (Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children)

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