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.

“You Aren’t Like Them” / “Are You Going to Cluck or Fly?”


“Admit it.  You aren’t like them.  You’re not even close.  You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them; watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like ‘Have a nice day’ and ‘Weather’s awful today, eh?’, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like ‘Tell me something that makes you cry’ or ‘What do you think deja vu is for?’  Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing?  Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger?  Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle.  Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence.  Trust your instincts.  Do the unexpected. Find the others.” (Timothy Leary)



“Don’t struggle so much, the best things happen when not expected.”   (Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez)



“You are a fortunate person, indeed, if you can begin each day accepting the fact that during that day there will be ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones, disappointments, surprises, unexpected turns of events.”     (Roy Benjamin)



“Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a while, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”   (Mark Twain)



“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.”   (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)


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