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.

“Being Brave Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Scared”


“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird.  It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.  We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.”   (C. S. Lewis)



“The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles the sadness that exists. It is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness—genuine happiness. Happiness is not a limited resource.  And when we devote our energy and time to trivial matters, and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant. From that point, we perpetuate our own sadness, and we lose sight of the things that really make us happy and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.”   (Christopher Aiff)



“There are moments in your life that make you, that set the course of who you’re gonna be.  Sometimes they’re little, subtle moments.  Sometimes, they’re not.  …  Bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments.  No one asks for their life to change, not really.  But it does.  So what are we, helpless?  Puppets?  No.  The big moments are gonna come.  You can’t help that.  It’s what you do afterwards that counts.  That’s when you find out who you are.”   (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)



“Sometimes I think that wisdom slips from my mind like drool from the lips of an idiot…

Where’s all this stuff coming from?  Is it any good?  Any good in, you know, the wisdom sense? Who am I to spout this stuff anyway?

Well, here’s the thing.  You too can find yourself shedding wisdom like cat hair if you only allow yourself the liberty of introspection.

Think about what you alone know that no one else does.  That one neat wonderful profound insight.  It is fully yours.  No one else on this planet of about six billion people understands it like you do.

Now, see if you can share it with someone.  Bestow it, a gift of yourself.

Wisdom is like gossip.  Except it’s the good kind.”   (Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration)



“Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared.  Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”   (Neil Gaiman, Coraline)

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