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.

“What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be in Life”


“You are what you want to become.  Why search anymore?

You are a wonderful manifestation.

The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible.

There is nothing that is not you.”   (Thich Nhat Hanh)



“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you.  It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that.  Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent.

You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space.  You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough.  And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise.”   (Daniell Koepke)



“Ask yourself what kind of person you want to be in the life that you will live today.  Throughout the day, remind yourself that your life is happening right now.”   (H.H. the Karmapa)

“And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don’t have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says.  It’s knowing you could be the author instead.”   (Ava Dellaira)



“10 to Zen

Let go of comparing.

Let go of competing.

Let go of judgments.

Let go of anger.

Let go of regrets.

Let go of worrying.

Let go of blame.

Let go of guilt

Let go of fear.

Have a proper belly laugh at least once a day (especially if it’s about your inability to let go of any or all of the above.)”  (BuddhaHeart)



“Remind myself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.”   (Og Mandino)

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