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.

“You Still Have No Idea the Effect You Can Have”


“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”   (Buddha)



“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head.  Always.  All the time. That story makes you what you are.  We build ourselves out of that story.”   (Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind)



“You must learn what life is now, not from me, but from life itself; but, if you will hear an old man’s opinion, I will give it to you.  If you think you can temper yourself into manliness by sitting here over your books, supposing you will grow into it as a matter of course by a rule of necessity, in the same way as your body grows old, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man into his ruin.  You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.  Go out into life, you will find your chance there, and only there.”   (James Anthony Froude, The Nemesis of Faith, 1849, commonly misattributed to Henry David Thoreau)



“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”   (Robert T. Kiyosaki)



“We wouldn’t worry nearly as much about what others thought of us if we recognize how seldom they do.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Know thyself, or at least keep renewing the acquaintance.”   (Robert Brault)



“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”   (Gabriel García Márquez)



”Never mind searching for who you are.  Search for the person you aspire to be.   (Robert Brault)



“I think …. you still have no idea.  The effect you can have.”   (Suzzane Collins, Mockingjay)


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