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.

“Don’t Analyze Your Life, Celebrate It”


“I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ – and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.”   (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment)



“If you want your prayers answered, you get off your knees and do the one thing you’re praying someone else will do for you.”   (Shannon L. Alder)



“Someone once told me that life wasn’t fair… and they were right.  But I don’t think that life was ever meant to be fair or perfect.  It’s not the tragedy; it’s how we deal with it.  It’s whether we come out stronger because of it. It’s not about blocking out the pain or hiding from it, it’s about letting the pain shape you into someone better than you were before.”  (Nicole Garber, Coming Apart:  The Disillusioning Art of Shell Formation, Volume I)



“No matter where you are right now, no matter far along you are on your own path, don’t wait to ‘have it all’ to celebrate.  You’re never going to figure it all out.  Make being happy your business, all along the way.  Life can’t be one long, tough haul, with a little party at the end. What good is that?  Life should be punctuated with celebrations and you have to build them into your time because being happy isn’t easy.”   (Bethenny Frankel, A Place of Yes:  10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life)



“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”   (Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet:  Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way)

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2 thoughts on ““Don’t Analyze Your Life, Celebrate It”

  1. Thank you for this!

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