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 “February, 2014”

“Know Yourself and Be Better”

 

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

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“There are and will be times in our lives when our self-esteem will be called up and challenged.  Such times are critical opportunities.  They are structured so that who we are in terms of the vital themes of competence and worthiness are put in our hands in a way that can lead to either their increase or decrease.  Additionally, such an outcome depends largely on the degree of work, (i. e., struggle and awareness) that one does.  When the three factors – vulnerability, possibility and work – are taken up together, they constitute the underlying hope of self-esteem.”   (Dr. Chris Mruk)

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem.  That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.  (Thomas Szasz)

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“A speaker began a seminar, pulling a crisp, new bill from his pocket, and asked, ‘Who would like this $20 bill?’

Hands started going up.  He said, ‘I’m going to give this $20 bill to one of you, but first let me do this.’  He proceeded to crumple up the bill.  He then asked, ‘Who still wants it?’  Still the hands were up in the air.

‘Well,’ he replied, ‘what if I do this?’  He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor, so now the bill was not only crumpled, but also dirty.  ‘Now who still wants it?’  Still the hands went into the air.

‘My friends, you have all learned a valuable lesson.  No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.  It was still worth $20.  Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.  We feel as though we are worthless.  But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in the eyes of those who love you.  You are special – don’t ever forget it.’”  ( Anonymous)

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.  Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.”   (William Faulkner)

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“Every day ask yourself, ‘What would I do today if I were a better person?’”  (Robert Brault)

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“The Power of Words – Part II”

 

“Because the truth cannot be accurately conveyed in words, it is pointless to query one man’s opinion of the truth with another collection of words.”   (Ramana Maharshi)

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“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”   (Abigail Adams)

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“You do not write your life with words.  You write it with actions.  What you think is not important.  It is only important what you do.”   (Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls)

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“It’s important in life to conclude things properly.  Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”   (Yann Martel, Life of Pi)

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“Raise your words, not voice.  It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”   (Rumi)

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“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”   (St. Francis of Assisi)

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“Our words are useless unless they come from the bottom of the heart.”   (Mother Teresa)

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“The Power of Words – Part I”

 

“Words do two major things:  They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.”   (Jim Rohn)

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“Words can be twisted into any shape.  Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul.  In the final analysis, words mean nothing.  They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast.  The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.”   (Karen Marie Monig)

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“There is something about words.  In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner.  Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”   (Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale)

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“Words should be scattered like seed:  no matter how small the seed may be, if it has found favorable ground, it unfolds its strength.”   (Seneca)

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“Every word carries a vibration that sent out, comes back.  A cutting word destroys what a sweet word heals.  One spoken word can make or mar the destiny of a being.  When heart is put into a word, the word encompasses the totality of love and brings love back.  When a word is without heart, it is cold and empty and will bring back cold and emptiness.”   (Cheryl Canfield)

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“It’s amazing how words can do that; just shred your insides apart.  Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me – such bullshit.”   (Lauren Oliver, Delirium)

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“Now if these words are helpful to you, put them into practice.  But if they aren’t helpful, then there’s no need for them.”   (Dalai Lama)

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“Believe; We Can Change Anything”

 

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”   (Roald Dahl)

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Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done.  God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.”   (John Andrew Holmes)

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‘I Believe’

“I’ve been out walking for hours.

I’ve got something on my mind.

How did we get here? Where are we going?

And why is life so hard?

I read the stories, see the photographs.

World’s in a crazy space.

I’ve got to hold on to my dreams;

There’s just no other place.

There’s just no other place.

Chorus:

I believe

We can change anything.

I believe

We can rise above this.

I believe

There’s a reason for everything.

I believe

In my dream.

I’ve seen the shadows of the living.

Seen them turn and walk away.

And I keep searching for the right words

To send these thoughts away.

There’s a picture I like to look at,

A picture of a beautiful face.

And I see something in her eyes,

Sends me to a better place.

Sends me to a better place.

Chorus:

I believe

We can change anything.”   (‘I Believe’ song lyrics by Joe Satriani)

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“Lord, take me where You want me to go;

Let me meet who You want me to meet;

Tell me what You want me to say, and

Keep me out of Your way.”   (Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, New York City Chaplain who died in 9/11)

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“’You’re dangerous,’ he says.

‘Why?’

‘Because you make me believe in the impossible.’”   (Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction)

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”   (Theodore Roosevelt)

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“Someday, You’ll Find Yourself”

 

“There are no happy endings.

Endings are the saddest part,

So just give me a happy middle

And a very happy start.”   (Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It)

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“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back.

Because if you can look up, you can get up.”   (Les Brown)

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“It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.  Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much.  My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain, and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”   (Alan Ball, ‘American Beauty’)

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“People tend to think that success is all about the end point, the victory. I would argue that success is in the little details, the perseverance through each day and just being able to close your eyes at night knowing that you didn’t lose sight of your goals.”   (Unknown)

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“Those folks who meet with life success and then tell the world it was due to their hard work, really make my job challenging.  They almost NEVER work harder than others.  They don’t even work smarter than others.

They simply leveraged the magic by thinking, speaking, and acting in line with what they wanted.

But, oh, no, they have to go out and tell impressionable minds that it was their hard work, and so, for all who listen and nod, it becomes hard work.

Leverage the magic by thinking, speaking, and acting as if all the things you want have become all the things you have.”     (signed)   ‘The Universe’     (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’)

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“As soon as we notice that certain types of events ‘like’ to cluster together at certain times, we begin to understand the attitude of the Chinese, whose theories of medicine, philosophy, and even building are based on a ‘science’ of meaningful coincidences. The classical Chinese texts did not ask what causes what, but rather what ‘likes’ to occur with what.”   (M.L. von Franz)

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“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”   (Pablo Neruda)

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“Use Your Senses; Help Someone’s Soul Heal”

 

“Our bodies have five senses:  touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing.  But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls:  intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.  The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”   (C. JoyBell C.)

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“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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“You become more divine as you become more creative.  All the religions of the world have said God is the creator.  I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become.  When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God.  So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him.  Love what you do.  Be meditative while you are doing it – whatsoever it is.”   (Osho)

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“Strange is our situation here on Earth.  Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.  From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know:  that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”   (Albert Einstein)

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“One day in your search for happiness, you find a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search.”   (Robert Brault)

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.”   (Helen Keller)

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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal.  Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”   (Rumi)

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“Take the Risk, Blossom and Be Happy”

 

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.”   (Peter F. Drucker)

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“Of course I’ll hurt you.  Of course you’ll hurt me.  Of course we will hurt each other.  But this is the very condition of existence.  To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter.  To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”   (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

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“Kick yourself all day about the stupid thing you said, the bug you introduced, the promise you failed to keep.  That’s pretty common.

Perhaps you should think about the stock you didn’t buy, the innovation you didn’t pursue, the compliment you didn’t give?

Way more productive, I think, to push yourself to be more in the world, not to encourage yourself to hide.

We respond to what we keep track of.  Too bad we’re not better at keeping track of how many failures we incorrectly predicted, how many innovations we failed to notice and how many apparently risky steps we failed to take.”   (Seth Godin)

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“Inspiration turns ordinary people into passionate people.  It gives them the courage to take risks, challenge the old rules, chase their dreams, and never give up.  It creates a fire in the belly that fuels curiosity, persistence, and resourcefulness.”    (Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers, Robert Kriegel)

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“Know yourself and your resources – and know that audacious risks are the parents of audacious rewards.”   (Ezra Adams, music teacher)

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“… and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”   (Anais Nin)

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“If you do not risk, you cannot grow…

If you do not grow, you cannot be your best…

If you are not your best, you cannot be happy…

If you cannot be happy, what else matters?”   (Dr. David Viscott)

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“To Change One’s Life ….”

“I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams….   Man… is, above all, the plaything of his memory.”   (Andre Breton)

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”   (Robert Luis Stevenson)

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“We are all masters of our own destiny.  We can so easily make the same mistakes over and over.  We can so easily flee from everything that we desire and which life so generously places before us.

Alternately, we can surrender ourselves to Divine Providence, take God’s hand, and fight for our dreams, believing that they always arrive at the right moment.”   (Paulo Coelho, Brida)

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“Hold fast to dreams,

For If dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.”   (Langston Hughes)

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“The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire.  They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.”   (Casi McLean)

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“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”   (Lou Holtz)

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“To change one’s life:

1)  Start immediately,

2)  Do it flamboyantly,

3)  No exceptions.”   (William James)

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“We all die.  The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”   (Chuck Palahniuk)

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“Being in Love Changes Everything”

 

A good speech has a beginning, a middle and an end, the best example being ‘I love you.’” (Robert Brault)

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“You may not be her first, her last, or her only.  She loved before she may love again.  But if she loves you now, what else matters?  She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can.  She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.  So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give.  Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”   (Bob Marley)

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“You know you have found love when you can’t find your way back.”   (Robert Brault)

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“This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds.  But just right for human souls.”   (Aberjhani, Elemental:  The Power of Illuminated Love)

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song.  At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”   (Plato)

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.  I love you simply, without problems or pride:   I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”   (Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets)

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“If I had to choose between loving you and breathing, I’d take my last breathe to say ‘I love you.’”   (Tyler Beene)

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“You know you are in love when you notice change, when the mysterious power that quickens your heart begins to inhabit your everyday life.  Something softens in you and you begin to move in a slightly different direction:  your face looks wiser or younger, there’s a light in your eyes, something different in how you move, the way your hands take hold of things.

People notice.  ‘You look different,’ they say, or ‘You look wonderful,’ or, ‘What’s happened to you?’

And you say back to them, ‘I’ve fallen in love,’ and inside you know you are changing.  Because being in love changes everything.”   (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)

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“He Who Laughs, Lasts”

 

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”   (Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis)

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“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”   (Albert Einstein)

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“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.”   (Norm Papernick)

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“When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.”   (Alan Alda)

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“A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically.  It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods.”   (Author unknown, from an editorial in New-York Tribune)

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“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.  My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.”   (Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale)

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“The music in his laughter had a way of rounding off the missing notes in her soul.”   (Gloria Naylor, Linden Hills)

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“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”   (Friedrich Nietzsche)

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“To get through this life and see it realistically poses a problem.  There is a dark, evil, hopeless side to life that includes suffering, death, and ultimate oblivion as our earth falls into a dying sun.  Nothing really matters.

On the other hand, the best side of our humanity finds us determined to make life as meaningful as possible NOW; to defy our fate.  Everything matters.  Everything.

It is easy to become immobilized between these two points of view – to see them both so clearly that one cannot decide what to be or do.

Laughter is what gives me forward motion at such intersections.  We are the only creatures that both laugh and weep.  I think it’s because we are the only creatures that see the difference between the way things are and the way they might be.  Tears bring relief.  Laughter brings release. Some years ago I came across a phrase in Greek – asbestos gelos – unquenchable laughter.  I traced it to Homer’s ‘Iliad’, where it was used to describe the laughter of the gods.

That’s my kind of laughter.

And he who laughs, lasts.”   (Robert Fulghum, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It)

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