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 Soul Unfolds Itself”


“A man said to the universe:  ‘Sir, I exist!’

‘However,’ replied the universe.

‘The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.’”   (Stephen Crane, War is Kind and Other Poems)



“So many people walk around with a meaningless life.  They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important.  This is because they’re chasing the wrong things.  The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”   (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie:  An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson)



“At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.”   (Swami Satchidananda, The Young Sutras)



“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’  Say not, ‘I have found the path of the soul.’  Say rather, ‘I have met the soul walking upon my path.’  For the soul walks upon all paths.  The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.  The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.”   (Kahlil Gibran)



“Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.”  (Stephen Crane)



“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”   (Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan)



“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”   (Dale Carnegie)

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