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 “November, 2014”

“There Has Never Been Another You”

 

“Are you a born writer?  Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace?  In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way.  If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself.  You hurt your children.  You hurt me.  You hurt the planet.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got.”   (Steven Pressfield, The War of Art:  Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles)

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“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.  You may have to work for it, however.”   (Richard Bach)

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“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”  (Milton Berle)

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“There has never been another you.   With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart. 

What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.”   (Dan Zadra)

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“A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world.  There is nothing that is an accident.  You are a special combination for a purpose and don’t let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion.  (Live an illusion if you have to).  You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do.  Don’t ever believe that you have nothing to contribute.  The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry.  And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.”   (Leo Buscaglia)

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“Make a Little Boom”

 

“You’re always heard. 
But just so you know, any prayers, comments, or musings that end in question marks, like ‘Can I?’ ‘May I?’ or ‘Will you?’ are usually answered in question marks, like ‘Maybe?’ ‘Sometimes?’ or ‘Depends?’

Whereas those that end in ‘Thank you!’ ‘Hallelujah!’ or ‘Hubba-hubba!’ are immediately fast-tracked.

Make a little ‘Boom!’  Your clarity is ours.”   (Notes from the Universe, Tom Dooley)

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“I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want.”    (George B. Shaw)

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“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny bit of magic, all your dreams can come true.”   (Spongebob Squarepants)

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“My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.”   (Elain Maxwell)

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“I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.  But maybe if you could have the faith to start with, maybe the times would change.  You could change them.  Think about it.  Try.  And try not to hurt each other.”   (Oh, God!, the movie)

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“At the end of the day, we all want to feel ‘fought’ for.  We want to feel like somebody cared enough to want to hold onto us.  We all just want somebody who won’t quit on us on our potential when they get frustrated with our mistakes.”   (Rob Hill Sr.)

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“Heroes Were Ordinary People”

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States.  This is a day in which we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  To many of us, anyone who joins the military is considered a hero since they have given their lives, in living and in death at times, to honor, protect and defend our liberty and way of life.  A simple “thank you” to those who are serving and who have served.  (AP)

 

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time.”   (Chesty Puller (USMC, when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during the Korean War)

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to, live by them.”   (John F. Kennedy)

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“Heroes didn’t leap tall building or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes.  They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving.  Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossible knotted, they could untangle someone else’s.”   (Jodi Picoult, Second Glance)

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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man (woman), but he (she) is brave five minutes longer.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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“My Critics Are Liars

 

“The mightiest works start with the smallest steps.  Like the skipper who simply hoisted the sails for the yacht to circumnavigate the globe.  Like the farmer who planted the seeds that grew into an abundant harvest.  And like the little angel who simply imagined the day of becoming all that you now are. 

How in the world are you going to top “YOU?”  You’re on a roll.    (signed) The Universe”    (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, October 23, 2014)

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“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”   (Gladiator, movie)

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“I will prove by my life that my critics are liars.”   (Plato)

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“You become what you believe.”   (Oprah Winfrey)

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“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”   (Edmund Lee)

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“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”   (Unknown Author)

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