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 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)



“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’)



“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)



“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)



“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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