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.

“Our Goal; Keep Dumb and Stupid Far Apart”


“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you’re not.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Look closely at the present you are constructing.  It should look like the future you are dreaming.”   (Alice Walker)



“It is not for you to judge the journey of another’s soul.  It is for you to decide who you are, not who another has been, or has failed to be.”   (Neale Donald Walsch)



“Here’s the truth: you are going to waste a lot of hours focusing on who you are not, or who you want to secretly be.  But you won’t ever wake up and actually be that person.  You’ve got to embrace what you bring to the table.  If you don’t like what that is, have the courage to change it.”   (Hannah Brencher, 25 Things Every Woman Needs to Know)



“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”   (William Arthur Ward)



“It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.”   (Abraham Maslow)



“Say no to the drug of gradualness.  It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke out strongly against making slow changes.  Either we risk or we don’t, he said. Either we change or we don’t.  There’s no acceptable middle ground because it lulls us into complacency.  Lasting changes rarely occur when we ease our way into the future.  They come when we leap.  The leap themselves can be small or large.  Once we take action, we see things differently and for many of us there’s no going back.”   (Robert Cooper, The Other 90%:  How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life)



“It has taken far too long to figure out that in life dumb just will happen, but stupid always is a choice, a decision, and stupid has consequences.  Our goal in life is to keep dumb and stupid far apart.  Remember, stupid always is a choice, and it usually has stupid consequences.  Think!”   (Fr. Brian Cavanaugh)


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