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.

Mom – “You’re the real MVP.”


“I don’t think you know what you did.  You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out.  The odds were stacked against him.  Single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old.

Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here.  We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves.  One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.

When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here.  You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill.  Making me do push-ups.  Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.

We weren’t supposed to be here.  You made us believe.  You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table.  When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate.  You went to sleep hungry.  You sacrificed for us.  You’re the real MVP.”   (Kevin Durant, Basketball Player, at his MVP acceptance speech, talking about his Mom, 5.6.14)



“Nothing of me is original.  I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”   (Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters)



“Hug and kiss whoever helped get you – financially, mentally, morally, emotionally – to this day.  Parents, mentors, friends, teachers.  If you’re too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss.  Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”   (Stephen King)



“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.”  (Shakespeare)



“If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.”   (Brian Tracy)



Every child comes with a message that God is yet not discouraged by man.”   (Unknown Author)


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