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.

“Getting Ready to Live” / “At Least I Tried”


“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still be good enough.  You can make mistakes and still be capable and talented.  You can let people down and still be worthwhile and deserving of love.  Everyone has disappointed someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes.  Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human. Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure.”   (Daniell Koepke)



“Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are.  Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin.”   (Tori Amos)



“Refuse to fall down.  If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled.  You may be pushed down.  You may be kept from rising.  But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven – only you.  It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear.  The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening.”   (Clarissa Pinkola Estés)



“Renew, release, let go.  Yesterday’s gone.  There’s nothing you can do to bring it back.  You can’t ‘should’ve’ done something.  You can only DO something.  Renew yourself.  Release that attachment.  Today is a new day!”   (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)



“‘You get older and you learn there is one sentence, just four words long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready?’


‘At least I tried.’”    (Ann Brashares, Sister Everlasting)


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