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.

“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)



“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)



“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)



“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)



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



“… 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)


“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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