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 Diminish Your Soul by Being Mediocre”


“There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.”   (Mignon McLaughlin)



“Don’t aim at success.  The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.  For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.  Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success:  you have to let it happen by not caring about it.  I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge.  Then you will live to see that in the long-run — in the long-run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”   (Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning)



“But why diminish your soul being run-of-the-mill at something?  Mediocrity: now there is ugliness for you.  Mediocrity’s a hairball coughed up on the Persian carpet of Creation.”  (Tom Robbins)



“The year you were born marks only your entry into the world.  Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.”   (Jarod Kintz)



“The limits on your enlightenment come not from the age you stopped going to school but from the age you stopped being curious.”   (Neil deGrasse Tyson)



“No matter how strongly a thing may be believed, strength of belief is no criterion of truth. But what is truth?  Perhaps a kind of belief that has become a condition of life?”   (Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power)


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