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.

“Magic – Believe in Yourself and Make Anything Happen”


“I cannot teach anybody anything.  I can only make them think.”   (Socrates)



“When you’re touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again.  What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch.  They’re too busy, or they just don’t hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.”   (Charles de Lint, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories)



“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”   (Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged)



“I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes.  Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness.  Without misery there can be no beauty.  And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned.

Adult.  You have become an adult.”   (Harlan Ellison, Paingod and Other Delusions)



“unless it comes out of

your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would

drive you to madness or

suicide or murder,

don’t do it.

unless the sun inside you is

burning your gut,

don’t do it.

when it is truly time,

and if you have been chosen,

it will do it by

itself and it will keep on doing it

until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.


and there never was.”   (Charles Bukowski)



“People want you to be happy.

Don’t keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings

and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you

would fly up like doves.”   (Rumi)



“If you understand others you are smart.

If you understand yourself you are illuminated.

If you overcome others you are powerful.

If you overcome yourself you have strength.

If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.

If you can act with vigor, you have a will.

If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.

If you die without loss, you are eternal.”   (Laozi, Tao Te Ching)



“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”   (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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