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.

“Don’t Shrink From the Immensity of Your Purpose”


“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”   (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose)



“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough.  When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you.  It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that.  Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent.  You exist, and therefore, you matter.  You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings.  You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough.   (Daneill Koepke)



“Be aware, when you change, evolve or try something new you will make people very uncomfortable for 2 reasons.

First, they will have to adjust how they are with you.  Most people are fearful and lazy so they will resent you for this.

Secondly, by you changing, especially for what you believe is ‘the better’, you force others to take a look at themselves and the things they would like to change… but change is tough, so they will resent you for making it obvious that they are responsible for their circumstances.

Ignore them, and keep growing stronger!  In time they will either adjust to the new you, choose to grow stronger themselves, or simply disappear.”   (Elliot Hulse)



“I don’t think life is absurd.  I think we are all here for a huge purpose.  I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.”   (Norman Mailer)



“The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word Coeur, meaning ‘heart.’ Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood to one’s arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues.  Without courage other values wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.”   (Rollo May, The Courage to Create)



“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”   (Margaret Cousins)

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