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.

“Make a Difference / Do the Impossible”


“I’m not old enough to play baseball or football.  I’m not eight yet.

My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren’t going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation.  I told Mom I wouldn’t need to run that fast.

When I play baseball, I’ll just hit them out of the park.  Then I’ll be able to walk.”   (Edward J. McGrath Jr., ‘An Exceptional View of Life’)



“A father was late getting to his son’s baseball game.  As he sat down behind the players’ bench he asked one of the boys known as a real leader on the team what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile.  “Really!” the Dad replied.  “I am surprised that you don’t look very discouraged.”

“Discouraged?” the boy replied with a puzzled look on his face.  “Why should we be discouraged?  We haven’t been up to bat yet!”   …  Just as pessimism erodes our ability to deal successfully with change, so does optimism enhance it.”   (Jim Clemmer, Leaders Inspire Their Teams with Optimism)



“I tried to teach my child with books.  He gave me only puzzled looks.

I tried to teach my child with words.  They passed him by, often unheard.

Despairingly, I turned aside, ‘How shall I teach this child?’  I cried.

‘Come,’ he said, ‘Play with me!”   (Unknown Author)



“You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”   (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)



“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”   (William James)



“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”   (Walt Disney)

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