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 “March, 2014”

“Life is Short, Break the Rules”

 

“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”   (Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises)

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“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important!  And this is important!  And this is important!  You need to worry about this!  And this!  And this!”  And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, ‘No.  This is what’s important.’” (Iain S. Thomas, ‘I Wrote This for You’)

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“I don’t know if I continue even today, always liking myself.  But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself.  It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes – it is inevitable.  But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all.  So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being.  You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.  I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves.  Now mind you.  When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough.  But you can overcome that.  The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.  If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”   (Maya Angelou)

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“Do more than belong:  participate.  Do more than care:  help.  Do more than believe:  practice. Do more than be fair:  be kind.  Do more than forgive:  forget.  Do more than dream:  work.”   (William Ward)

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“Life is short, Break the Rules.

Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.

Love truly.  Laugh uncontrollably

And never regret ANYTHING

That makes you smile.”   (Mark Twain)

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“Life Is All About Discovering”

 

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”   (Joshua J. Marine)

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“I asked the Zebra,

are you black with white stripes?

Or white with black stripes?

And the zebra asked me,

Are you good with bad habits?

Or are you bad with good habits?

Are you noisy with quiet times?

Or are you quiet with noisy times?

Are you happy with some sad days?

Or are you sad with some happy days?

Are you neat with some sloppy ways?

Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?

And on and on and on and on and on and on he went.

I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes … again.”    (Shel Silverstein)

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“We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.  Some lessons are painful, some are painless… but, all are priceless.”   (Author Unknown)

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“Life is all about discovering things that do matter in the end.”   (Robert Brault)

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“I don’t regret the things I’ve done; I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”   (Unknown)

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“It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it’s harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.”   (Unknown)

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“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”  (Drew Barrymore)

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“Acts of Kindness / Their Echoes are Truly Endless”

 

“Years ago, when I was not yet a teenager, my father nearly died.

… It was early in the morning, but he knew exactly what was happening in his chest and woke my mother to ask her to call an ambulance.  Our telephone was in the living room, but before she could leave their bedroom to use it, he asked for something else.  My father asked that the ambulance not use its siren.

Weeks later, when the fear of death had receded like some strange tide, my mother asked him about the siren.  My father said simply that he worried it would have woken and frightened his three sleeping daughters.  It is true that we were all light sleepers and that our farm was usually blanketed by the polite silence that comes from having no close neighbors, but what impossible kindness there was in my father’s request.

I have called it an act of kindness, which I think it was.  It was considerate in a way I cannot begin to understand; generous in a way no one would expect much less demand.  Years later I still do not comprehend how in what very well might have been the final moments of his life, my father thought to ask for quiet so that his daughters might continue sleeping.

Kindness is not always as heavy as action:  it can be as light as speech or as invisible as inaction. Sometimes the kindest thing we can do is to exercise self-restraint: not posting a nasty comment on an article, leaving a mean-spirited tweet in the draft folder, keeping quiet to listen to whatever unfamiliar or opposing opinion is being offered.

Consider George Saunder’s convocation speech last year at Syracuse University when the celebrated author said clearly, ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.’”   (Casey N. Cep, ‘Pacific Standard,’ Harvard Business Review, ‘The Short List’ 3.21.14)

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“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness.”   (William Wordsworth)

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“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”    (Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert Comic Strip)

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”   (Mother Teresa)

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“Giving is the Basis of Success”

 

“Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.”   (Erma Bombeck)

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“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”   (Michel de Montaigne)

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“No matter where you’re from or what you’ve done, you’re never stuck in a particular circumstance, relationship, or cycle unless you say you are.”   (Russell Simmons, Super Rich:  A Guide to Having it All)

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“You think of yourself

as a citizen of the universe.

You think you belong 

to this world of dust and matter.

Out of this dust

you have created a personal image,

and have forgotten

about the essence of your true origin.”   (Rumi, Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God:  Passionate poems of Rumi)

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“Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.”   (Les Brown)

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“Since I was young, I have always known this:  Life damages us, every one.  We can’t escape that damage.  But now, I am also learning this:  We can be mended.  We mend each other.”   (Veronica Roth)

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“Giving, not trading or selling, is the basis of success.  The most rewarding thing you can do is just to give the world something good.  And ultimately you will be paid so much more for that gift than if you had tried to trade it for something else.”   (Russell Simmons, Do You!  12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success)

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“Whatever You’re Scared of Doing, Do It”

 

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”   (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.  You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you and all of us, and my wish for myself.  Make New Mistakes.  Make glorious, amazing mistakes.  Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.  Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”   (Neil Gaiman)

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“Stop comparing yourself with others.  If they are good at something, you too are good at something else.  Self-confidence is not measured by your own capabilities versus that of others, but by your own needs.”   (Stephen Richards, Develop Jedi Self-Confidence:  Unleash the Force within You)

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“It doesn’t matter what ‘they’ do.

Your net worth, net health, and net happiness all hinge exclusively upon your net thoughts, net words, and net deeds.  Though little can rob you as quickly as thinking that it matters what ‘they’ do.

You’ve got the power.  Besides, you summoned them to show you this.     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe,’ 3.24.14)

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“They may try to stop you by their words and deeds, but like air you will rise above it all.  You are unstoppable.”   (Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die)

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“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”   (Winston Churchill)

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“Get Up Off Your Knees and Do Something”

 

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for.  And the most you can do is live inside that hope.  Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  (Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams)

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“Be a master of your own brain,

And then change the world for the good.”   (Jerril Thomas Abraham)

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“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”   (Karen E. Quinones Miller)

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“Everything in the universe is within you.  Ask all from yourself.”  (Rumi)

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“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”   (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie)

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“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”   (Eleanor Roosevelt)

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“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.”   (Tony DeLiso, Legacy:  The Power Within)

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“If you want your prayers answered, get up off your knees and do something about them.”   (Wally Lamb, She’s Come Undone)

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“Your Belief Will Create the Fact”

 

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.”   (Muhammad Ali, The Soul of a Butterfly:  Reflections on Life’s Journey)

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“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”   (Charles F. Kettering)

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“Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so?”  He replied, “All poets believe it does. And in ages of imagination, this firm persuasion removes mountains; but many are not capable of firm persuasion of anything.”   (William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)

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“Luke:  I can’t believe it.

Yoda:  That is why you fail.”  (Star Wars)

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”People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

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“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance.  Success comes from within, not from without.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“Whatever I hold in my mind tends to manifest itself in my life.  What we believe and assume creates most of our reality and our experience.”   (David Emerald, ‘Quotes from The Power of TED’)

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“Confidence is a resolute state of mind by which you believe nothing is impossible.”   (John Eliot, Ph.D. Overachiement)

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“Be not afraid of life.  Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”   (William James)

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“A Happy Wowday / Embody It”

 

“Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”   (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night)

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“People rise to the challenge when it is their challenge.”   (Belasco & Stayer)

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”Happy wowday.

Halloween gives you permission to dress up.  April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.

What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow.’

Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…

What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year?  If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?

Today might be your wowday.

Or tomorrow.

Up to you.”   (Seth Grodin, Seth’s Blog, 3.18.14)

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“…That thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night.  That thing you read about, write about, think about, in fact fantasize about.  That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue.  That’s it.  That’s your thing.  That’s your heart, your guide. That’s the thing you must, must do.”   (upliftedvibrations)

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“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”   (Norman Vincent Peale)

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“Don’t explain your philosophy.  Embody it.”   (Epictetus)

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“Believe and Achieve”

 

“Those who remove mountains begin by carrying away small stones.”   (Chinese Proverb)

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”   (Dale Carnegie)

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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“Until you try, you do not know what you cannot do.”   (Henry James)

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“If you got it, ask yourself why and try to repeat the action.  If you failed, ask yourself why and try to learn from the experience.”   (Dale Carnegie)

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“Whether you live to be 50 or 100 makes no difference, if you made no difference in the world.”   (Jarod Kintz, Great Listener Series Mute Women)

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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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“Whatever mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”   (Napoleon Hill)

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“If We Don’t Change, We Don’t Grow”

 

“A few people are afraid of good ideas, ideas that make a difference or contribute in some way.  Good ideas bring change, that’s frightening.  But many people are petrified of bad ideas.  Ideas that make us look stupid or waste time or money or create some sort of backlash.

The problem is that you can’t have good ideas unless you’re willing to generate a lot of bad ones.

Painters, musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, chiropractors, accountants — we all fail far more than we succeed.  We fail at closing a sale or playing a note.  We fail at an idea for a series of paintings or the theme for a trade show booth. 

But we succeed far more often than people who have no ideas at all.  Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that.  I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month.  He paused and said, “none.”

And there, you see, is the problem.”   (Seth Godin)

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“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”   (William Bennett)

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“Trying to implant a goal that is incongruent with the self-image is like trying to plant grain by dropping seeds on rock hard bone-dry ground.

This happens when a person tries to make a goal that they are not.

No one can consistently out perform his or her self-image.

No one can long overcome it with willpower.

No one can sneak past it and perform in an incongruent manner.

The bottom line is that you cannot ‘do’ things without ‘being’ the kind of person who does those things.

You must ‘be’ to ‘do.’”   (Dr. Maxwell Maltz)

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“The Victim curses the wind.

The Survivor waits for it to change.

The Navigator adjusts the sails.”

“You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.”   (German Proverb)

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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t actually living.”   (Gail Sheehy, Passages)

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