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.

“One Defines Oneself by Reinvention” / “You, Too, Can Become Great”


“The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.…  They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the Vision of their heart.  They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it ‘luck’; do not see the long and arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant ‘good fortune’; do not understand the process; but only perceive the result, and call it ‘chance.’

In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”   (James Allen, As a Man Thinketh)



“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”   (Robert F. Kennedy)



“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line.  That means not only being brave, but being passionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.”   (Phil Jackson)



“It’s like there’s this person that you want to be for other people … To make them happy and make them proud of you.  And then there’s yourself.  Sometimes it’s really hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.”   (Dawson Creek)



“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.  To not be like your parents.  To not be like your friends.  To be yourself.  To cut yourself out of stone.”   (Henry Rollins)



“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”   (Mark Twain)



“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be.  Become one yourself!”   (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)


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