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.

“Power to Choose Our Response / Sit Down to a Banquet of Consequences”

“Of all the questions I have asked my readers this is the most important: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  When you finally give wings to that answer then you have found your life’s purpose.”   (Shannon L. Alder)



“I’m terrified of the thought of time passing (or whatever is meant by that phrase) whether I ‘do’ anything or not.  In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on ‘time’ – it doesn’t of course.  It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything or not.”   (Philip Larkin)



Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom … when we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”   (Viktor Frankl)



“I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time.  How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others.  We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world.  Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here.  We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives.”   (Oriah Mountain Dreamer)



“Figure out your passion.  What floats your boat, rings your bell, lights your tree?  A life without passion is possible, but not desirable.  Have you really lived at all if you have not lived with passion?  Without it would a masterpiece be possible?  I don’t think so.  With purpose, cause and passion, there is no way the end you envision will not become the reality you live.”   (Toni Sorenson)



“Good at the beginning

…is another word for lucky.  Someone needs to get lucky, and  it might even be you, but luck is not a strategy.

Becoming good in the long run, that’s the result of effort and tenacity and smart practice.

Not just the individual, the kid who doesn’t learn to walk the first day, or the violinist who doesn’t win a competition at the age of eight, but organizations and their projects as well.

The people who are good in the long run fail a lot, especially at the beginning.  So, when you fail early, it might be worth realizing that this is part of the deal, the price you pay for being good in the long run.

Every rejection is a gift.  A chance to learn and to do it better next time.  An opportunity to figure out how to bounce, not break.  Don’t waste them.

Sometimes, getting lucky at the start means that you fail to learn resilience and tenacity, and you lack the tools to get better.  The long run is a lot longer than the start is.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 5.8.14)



“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.”   (Robert Louis Stephenson)


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