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.

“Persist and Win”


“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Most people’s major life regrets are not about the things they’ve done, but about the things they’ve not done, the goals they never reached, the type of lover or friend or parent they wished they’d been but know they failed to be.”   (Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight)



“Do not yearn to be popular; be exquisite.  Do not desire to be famous; be loved.  Do not take pride in being expected; be palpable, unmistakable.”   (C. JoyBell C.)



“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.”   (Conan O’Brien)



“As you take in a feeling of strength, see if you can let yourself truly become a little stronger. The mind (and brain) takes its shape from what it rests upon, and you’re letting it mold itself around the positive experience that you are taking in.  … what you pay attention to – what you rest your mind on – is the primary shaper of your brain.”   (Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson)



“The opposite of ‘why’ is now.

Questions are good.  A legitimate, ‘why?’ is enough to change the world.

But stalling, stalling is the last thing you need.  And ‘why’ is often an escape hatch for people who know what they should do, but fear doing it.  It’s easier to ponder, to question the meaning of this or our role in where we go next.

The best answer for the stalling why’ is: ‘Go.’

[and of course, the best response to the impetuous, status-quo driven ‘Go’ is to ask, ‘why?’]”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 2.26.14)



“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist.  For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.”   (Og Mandino)

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