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.

“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)



“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)



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)



“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)


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



“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)


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

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