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.

“Life – Stop Thinking About It and Live It”


“A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.  The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.  ‘That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly.  Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.’ Her husband looks on, remaining silent.  Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments.

A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband:  ‘Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her this.’ The husband replies, ‘I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.’  And so it is with life …  What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.”     (



“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”     (Angela Schwindt)



“Stop thinking about life and choose to live it.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)



“…and I discovered something: the meaning of my life was whatever I wanted it to be.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)



“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.  The way you thing about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”     (Norman Vincent Peale)



“The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions.  They are not there to run us over.”  (Nick Vujicic)



“On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you.

Evolution is win-win … life is self-correcting.”   (Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets:  Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life)

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