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.

“Our Capacity to Love Gives Meaning to the Indifferent Universe”


“Visions haunt the mind of unforeseen things of the future.  Action is of no possibility, but meandering doubts of a stoic nature made real by the mind are persuasive enough to destroy hope.

It’s the overly-broad confusion, but not knowing what to be confused about that is the most perplexing.  Whether it is the future, the present or the past, all of the answers will never come. The uncertainty lies not in the answer, but not knowing what question to ask.

Life must have meaning, but God – if there is such a thing – is having too much fun not telling me what that is.”   (Brian Krans, A Constant Suicide)



“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.  If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly, human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation.  It is only we, with our capacity to love that give meaning to the indifferent universe.  And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying and even try to find joy from simple things, like their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more.”   (Woody Allen)



“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people:  please don’t be cynical.  I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.  But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”   (Conan O’Brien)



“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Two rules of success in life:            

  1. Don’t tell people everything you know.”   (Anonymous)


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