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.

Archive for the month “June, 2014”

“A New Reality is Born”


“It’s one kind of victory to slay a beast, move a mountain, and cross a chasm, but it’s another kind altogether to realize that the beast, the mountain, and the chasm were of your own design.

Now you can move dem’ mountains or just make ’em disappear… by looking the other way.     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’, 4.2.14)



“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  

(Wayne W. Dyer)



“Reality is what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is what we believe.

What we believe is based upon our perceptions.

What we perceive depends upon what we look for.

What we look for depends upon what we think.

What we think depends upon what we perceive.

What we perceive determines what we believe.

What we believe determines what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is our reality.”

(Gary Zukav, Dancing Wu Li Masters:  An Overview of the New Physics)



“A mind set in its ways is wasted.  Don’t do it.”  

(Eric Schmidt)



“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  

(Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan)



“Perception is transformed, and a new reality is born.”   

(Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol)



“My Wish; the Passionate Sense of Potential”


“Some angels choose cleverly disguised lives in time and space, just to help folks get past judging by appearances.

No, they’re not much to look at, listen to, or dance with, and most would never guess they’re angels… but that’s the point.

Every soul is beautiful.

    (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 6.24.14)



“Trust the one who can see these 3 things in you:

     Sorrow behind your smile,

     Love behind your anger, and

     Meaning behind your silence.”   (Kamari aka Lyrikal)



Charlotte:  ‘I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.’

Bob:  ‘You’ll figure that out.  The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.’”   (Lost in Translation, movie)



“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”   (Alexander Graham Bell)



“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential – for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.  Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.”   (Søren Kierkegaard)


“Words and Deeds. To Say Something is Easy; To Do Something is Difficult”


“Words and deeds make the consummate person.  It is to voice, what is good and to do what is honorable; the first evidences a good head, the second a good heart.  Together they give birth to a great soul. Words are the ghosts of deeds:  the former are the ewes, the latter the rams.  Of greater moment to be cheered, than to be the cheerleader.  To say something is easy, but to do something is difficult.  Achievement is the substance of life, and praise, its decoration.  Greatness in action endures, greatness in words passes.  For deeds are the fruits of the mind, which when wise, make triumphant.”   (Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Wordly Wisdom, 1647)



“The person in life that you will always be with the most is yourself.  Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too!  When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, lying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself.  What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with?  What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep?  Because that person is yourself, and it’s your responsibility to be that person you want to be with.  I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who’s not full of hate, who’s able to smile and be carefree.  So that’s who I have to be.”  (C. JoyBell C.)



“If you want to interact effectively with me, to influence me – your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss, your worker, your friend – your first need to understand me.  And you can’t do that with technique alone.  If I sense you’re using some technique, I sense duplicity, manipulation.  I wonder why you’re using it, what your motives are.  And I don’t feel safe enough to open myself up to you.”   (Stephen R. Covey, Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People)



“Live your dreams now to any degree that you can.  With every purchase. Every decision. Every hello and goodbye.  Every assignment.  Every conversation.  Every meal.  Every morning, afternoon, and evening.  And never, ever, ever look back.  Reframe every thought, word, and deed from the perspective of the person you’ve always dreamed you’d be, as if your life was already as you’ve always dreamed it would be.  Die to yesterday’s illusions and be reborn to the truth of your vision.

And let’s just see if you can handle the torrent of treasures I send your way.  Thrilling you is what I live for.

Your greatest admirer, biggest fan, and truest friend.

     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from the Universe’, 6.20.14)



“To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all.”   (Oscar Wilde)


“Create. Live. That’s What It’s There For”


“Accept responsibility for your life.   Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”   (Les Brown)



“If it was just about surviving, getting by, and keeping things the way they are, then how would you explain imagination?

If it was just about sacrifice, selflessness, and altruism, then how would you explain desire?

And if it was just about thinking, reflection, and spiritual stuff, then how would you explain the physical world?

Get the picture?  Want it all?  That’s what it’s there for.”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe)



“Most likely to succeed:

‘Succeed’ is in the eye of the beholder…

Most likely to hit a home run

Most likely to please my boss

Most likely to do the work

Most likely to work for free

Most likely to stick it out

Most likely to change everything

Most likely to be trustworthy

Most likely to attract attention 

Most likely to be invisible

Most likely to be worth it

There are many versions of most likely to succeed.  When you’re looking for a gig or a client, the category you are placed in by those that choose is up to you.  And no category = invisible.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 6.17.14)



“Remember YOU are here to CREATE the person you want to be for life. Follow what drives YOU, popularity is nothing.  Be the person YOU want to be now because now is as close to the future as YOU will ever get.  Find someone that compliments YOU and learn everything there is about them. Body language, speech, and kindness will go far to connect with any person but always be conscience.  Never just waste time, fill it with that which will aid YOU to HAPPINESS and in turn success.  Take no moment for granted. LIVE.  Always choose the rarer of the two opportunities.  The one that appears frequently will return frequently.”   (Tanner Vaughan)



“Life is short, live it.

Love is rare, grab it.

Anger is bad, dump it.

Fear is awful, face it.

Memories are sweet, cherish it.”   (Unknown Author)



“Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation.”   (Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success)


“Learn the Rules / Don’t Be Afraid to Bend Them or Break Them”

“Learn the rules.  Then learn how to change them, and get others to follow.”   (Heidi Minx)



“Rule #1 of life.

  • Do what makes YOU happy.”   (Unknown)



“Life has two rules:

  1. Never quit.
  2. Always remember rule #1.”   (Unknown Author)



“The 12 Golden Rules for Living:

  1.  If you open it, close it.
  2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
  3. If you unlock it, lock it up.
  4. If you break it, admit it.
  5. If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
  6. If you borrow it, return it.
  7. If you value it, take care of it.
  8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
  9. If you move it, put it back.
  10. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
  11. If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
  12. If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.”   (Miriam Hamilton Keare)



“Rules for Living by Olivia Joules:

  1.  Never panic.  Stop, breathe, think.
  2. No one is thinking about you.  They’re thinking about themselves, just like you.
  3. Never change haircut or color before an important event.
  4. Nothing is either as bad or good as it seems.
  5. Do as you would be done by, e.g.  thou shalt not kill.
  6. It is better to buy one expensive thing that you really like than several cheap ones that you only quite like.
  7. Hardly anything matters: if you get upset, ask yourself, ‘Does it really matter?’
  8. The key to success lies in how you pick yourself up from failure.
  9. Be honest and kind.
  10. Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance.
  11. Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination.
  12. When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it’s really a disaster by doing the following: (a) think, ‘Oh, f_ _ _ it,’  (b)  look on the bright side, and if that doesn’t work, look on the funny side.  If neither of the above works then maybe it is a disaster so turn to items 1 and 4.
  13. Don’t expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.”   (Helen Fielding, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination)



“You have to learn the rules of the game.   And then you have to play better than anyone else.”   (Albert Einstein)



“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”   (Dalai Lama XIV)



“Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license:  don’t ever be afraid to bend, or even break the rules.”   (Richard Tait, Grand Pooh-Bah, Cranium)



“There are two rules for success:  1) Never tell everything you know.”   (Roger H. Lincoln)


“Send Them Love. Wish Them Peace. Prepare to Be Astounded”


“The essential truth of life, he was coming to realize, wasn’t romantic and took only two words to label:  Shit.  Happens.

But the thing was, you kept going.  You kept your friends and your family and your mate as safe as you were able.  And you kept fighting even after you were knocked down.”   (J. R. Ward, Lover Mine)



Life in time and space hasn’t always been so easy.

No, everything was way different when people used to say things like, ‘I have no idea.’  ‘I don’t have time.’  ‘Must be nice.’  ‘It’s not so simple.’  ‘It costs what?!’

Talk about the wild, wild west…

Folks knew not of their manifesting prowess even as they never ceased crafting each moment of their lives with the words they chose.

Hi-Ho, Silver!

    (signed)  The Universe”     (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 8.23.13)



“You may live or work around a bunch of weeds, but don’t let that stop you from blooming. Realize that your environment does not prevent you from being happy.  Some people spend all their time trying to pull up all the weeds.  Meanwhile, they miss much of their lives.  Don’t worry about things you can’t change.  You can’t change the traffic in the morning.  You can’t fix everybody at work.  You can’t make all your family members serve God.  But you shouldn’t let that keep you from being happy.  Bloom anyway and focus on the things that you can change. You can change your own attitude.  You can choose to be happy right where you are.”   (Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now



“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”   (Confucius)



“Send them love.

Wish them peace.

See them happy.

Everyone, always, forever.

And prepare to be astounded.

Oh man, will you ever become a magnet of plenty.  I’ve even got extra galaxies.

    (signed)  The Universe”      (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 6.17.14)


“In the Morning and the End of the Day – Keep Your Promise”


“I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”   (Samuel Goldwyn)



“I have a simple role model.  Each morning I gaze at the eastern horizon, and if the sun keeps its promise, I keep mine.”   (Robert Brault)



“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”   (George Lorimer)



“If you wake up tired, you’ve been chasing dreams.  If you go to bed tired, you’re making your dreams happen.”   (Benny Bellamacina, The King of Rhyme)



“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”   (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)



“Be — don’t try to become.”   (Osho)


“We Are Formed by Little Scraps of Wisdom from our Fathers”


“There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’”   (Jim Gaffigan)



“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”   (Mark Twain)



“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.  We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”   (Umberto Eco)



“A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”   (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)



“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.”   (Jim Valvano)



“Dance with My Father

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence

My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then

Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep

Then up the stairs he would carry me

And I knew for sure I was loved

If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him

I’d play a song that would never, ever end

How I’d love, love, love

To dance with my father again

When I and my mother would disagree

To get my way, I would run from her to him

He’d make me laugh just to comfort me

Then finally make me do just what my mama said.   (Excerpt from ‘Dance With My Father’ song by Luther Vandross, written by Richard Marx)



“Wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you say:  Sow a seed of love.”   (Enza Currenti)


“Just a Thought … A Different Take on Father’s Day”


Just a thought ….

Today is Father’s Day, a day in which Fathers are recognized for what they ‘do’ and all sorts of accolades and gifts are bestowed upon them.  Well, at least the good fathers are; not sure what happens to the fathers that are looked upon as deadbeats, have been distant or unloving to their children.  I guess it’s just another day to those children that have ‘missing’ fathers.  Or, the love and gifts are shown toward the mother, the grandmother, aunt or whoever has raised the kids.  A special Happy ‘Father’s’ Day to them.

What I want to push forward is the idea that instead of us fathers having a special day in which everything is done for us or gifts are given to us, we turn things around and have the day in which we fathers do things for our kids and family since we have been given the privilege to have children. 

You’ve heard the quote, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”  Dads are special and when one realizes that we’ve been given a huge responsibility to raise children, to help them grow and develop into loving, caring and responsible members of society.  There are many days in which I hear fathers talk about their kids in glowing terms and how proud they are of them.  Those children have turned out to be like that because of things that the fathers have done.  I know, I know, let’s not forget the mothers either.  Don’t get me started on the mothers and their contribution, which is even more than what fathers do.  That is material for another day.  However I do believe that we should keep Mother’s Day as one in which we should do everything for our mothers because they bore our children and have gone through tremendous pain and even more so responsibility to raise our kids.  Mothers are even more special than fathers.

Just think about it, guys.  What would you be without your children?  They have given you love, looks that can melt your heart, pride, a sense of accomplishment, and did I mention love.  Yes, I know there are days in which you wonder ‘what did you do’ to deserve such love and conversely also days in which you wonder, ‘how can you stand your kids’ when they’ve done something wrong.  But you still love them and will do whatever you can to make them well.  You love them, you cherish them, and you cannot be without them.

Just a thought … let’s make it a different Father’s Day today.  Let’s make it “Happy Children’s Day” or “Happy Family Day.”


Just a thought.


“Live the Life of Your Dreams / We’re in this Alone”

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.”   (Saul D. Alinsky, Reveille for Radicals)



“The things to do are:  the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.  Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done – that no one else has told you to do or how to do it.”   (R. Buckminster Fuller, architect/designer/inventor)



“Ever have a dream at night when you wondered in the middle of it whether or not you were dreaming?  Knowing that if you were just dreaming, you could rewrite the scary parts and enhance the happy parts; run faster, jump higher, laugh your head off; summon guides, travel through time, read minds; levitate, manifest, do the impossible.  But then, you thought to yourself, ‘No, this just can’t be a dream, it’s way too real.’

Yeah, you’re having one right now.   Yeah, you really are, and yes, you really can.   (signed)  The Universe   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 6.12.14)



“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“Just remember, we’re in this alone.”   (Jane Wagner)


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