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 Can’t Please Everyone” / “And You Are Beautiful”


“Would there be any point in giving you the gift of imagination, the freedom to think as you choose, and dreams that set your soul on fire if even a single one of them couldn’t come true? 

I think not.  Think of the implications.

I love you too, too much.

Tallyho,     (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 7.7.14)



“It’s not about you.

Right in the front row, not four feet from Christian McBride, was every performer’s bête noire. I don’t know why she came to the Blue Note, maybe it was to make her date happy. But she was yawning, checking her watch, looking around the room, fiddling with this and that, doing everything except being engaged in the music.

McBride seemed to be too professional and too experienced to get brought down by her disrespect and disengagement.  Here’s what he knew:  It wasn’t about him, it wasn’t about the music, it wasn’t a response to what he was creating.

Haters gonna hate.

Shun the non-believers.

Do your work, your best work, the work that matters to you.  For some people, you can say, ‘hey, it’s not for you.’  That’s okay.  If you try to delight the undelightable, you’ve made yourself miserable for no reason.

It’s sort of silly to make yourself miserable, but at least you ought to reserve it for times when you have a good reason.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 10, 2014)



“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”   (Bill Cosby)



“You can’t please everyone.  When you’re too focused on living up to other people’s standards, you aren’t spending enough time raising your own.  Some people may whisper, complain and judge.  But for the most part, it’s all in your head.  People care less about your actions than you think.  Why?  They have their own problems!”   (Kriss Carr)



“Some lose all mind and become soul, insane.

some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.

some lose both and become accepted.”   (Charles Bukowski)



“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed.  And you are beautiful.”   (Amy Bloom)



“It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.”   (Tim Howard, USA Soccer Team Player, quote in his yearbook)


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