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.

“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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

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

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“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)

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

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