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 “December, 2014”

“Do More Than Dream” / “Be Fearless


“We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing of the world.  We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability we fundamentally depend.  Except for children (who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it was always here; if time will one day flow back backward and effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know.  There are even children, and I have met some of them, who want to know what a black hole looks like; what is the smallest piece of matter; why we remember the past and not the future; how it, if there was chaos early, that there is, apparently, order today; and why there is a universe.”   (Carl Sagan)



“Do more than belong:  participate.  Do more than care:  help.  Do more than believe:  practice.  Do more than be fair:  be kind.  Do more than forgive:  forget.  Do more than dream: work.”   (William A. Ward)



“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)



“It is not very complicated.  Each person has inside the individual a basic decency and goodness.  If he or she listens to it and acts on it, one is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.  But it takes courage.”   (Pablo Casals)



“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”   (Rabindranath Tagore)



“Make This Christmas Thing Last”

Once again, I present to you the song, “Old City Bar” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Every time I hear it, I get a bit teary-eyed and I am sure you will also. As you read the lyrics below, the words will hit you hard but try to listen to the song and get the full effect of it.  You can then understand that miracles do happen and that we all have goodness in our hearts.  After the video, is a quote that I find useful during the holiday period.    –  Alex Pena






“Here are a few suggestions for special gifts: a firm handshake to a shaky soul, a kind word to a lonely person, a warm smile to the disheartened, a sincere concern for someone troubled, a feeling of compassion for the neglected, a comforting thought for the bereaved, a respect for the dignity of others, a defense of the rights of individuals, a word of witness to help a seeking soul, a Merry Christmas to all.” (Source Unknown)

“A Chapter Of Life / Roll the Dice”


“A Chapter of Life

Life is like a book with many different chapters.

Some tell of tragedy, others of triumph.  Some chapters are dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting.

The key to being a success in life is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a tough chapter.

Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead.”   (Author Unknown)



“Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple.  It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.  In the silence of ‘not doing’ we begin to know what we feel.  If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.  Listen. “   (Found on a Poster, Unknown Author)



Roll the Dice

if you’re going to try, go all the


otherwise, don’t even start.


if you’re going to try, go all the


this could mean losing girlfriends,

wives, relatives, jobs and

maybe your mind

go all the way.

it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.

it could mean freezing on a

park bench.

it could mean jail,

it could mean derision,



isolation is the gift,

all the others are a test of your

endurance, of

how much you really want to

do it.

and you’ll do it

despite rejection and the worst odds

and it will be better than

anything else

you can imagine.


if you’re going to try,

go all the way.

there is no other feeling like


you will be alone with the gods

and the nights will flame with


do it, do it, do it.

do it.


all the way

all the way.


you will ride life straight to

perfect laughter, its

the only good fight

there is.”    (Charles Bukowski)



“You know you’re on the right path when your path dissolves right in front of you and you start trusting yourself completely.”   (Jeff Foster)



“You must act as if it is impossible to fail.”   (Ashanti Proverb)


“Remember Where You Came From / Life Moves On”


“My importance to the world is relatively small.  On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous.  I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy.  It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own.  I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.”   (Noel Coward)



“It seems as if only now I really know who I am.  My strengths, my weaknesses, my jealousies – it’s as if all of it has been boiling in a pot for all these years, and as it boils, it evaporates into steam, and all that’s left in the pot in the end is your essence, the stuff you started out with in the very beginning.”   (Kirk Douglas)



“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes.  Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.  Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.  Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”   (Henry Miller)



“Remember where you came from, where you’re going, and why you created this mess you got yourself into in the first place.”   (Richard Bach, Illusions)



“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”   (Kahlil Gibran)



“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“It only takes one person to change your life:  you.”   (Ruth Casey)


“Believe There is a Great Power Silently Working


“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”   (Konrad Adenauer)



A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.

‘Monk!’ He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.

‘Teach me about heaven and hell!’

The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,

‘Teach you about heaven and hell?  I couldn’t teach you about anything.  You’re dumb.  You’re dirty.  You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class.  Get out of my sight.  I can’t stand you.’

The samurai got furious.  He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage.  He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.

Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,

‘That’s hell.’

The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell!  He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.

The monk said softly,

‘And that’s heaven.’”   (Excerpted from Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values)



“Every act of kindness gets the nod, opens the heart, dampens the fear, turns the page, ups the ante, tips the point, heightens the joy, changes the world, rows the boat, adds to the love, and if you’ve been rather extraordinary lately, turns Thursdays into Fridays.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley)



“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”   (Beatrix Potter)


“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did for all those people, well, maybe everyone can.  Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”   (I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak)


“Let’s Create Heaven on Earth”


“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”   (Dr. Robert Schuller)



We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”   (Max DuPree)



We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   (Aristotle)



We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”   (Anais Nin)



The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)



“If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”   (Goethe)



“Some things don’t sound like they look.

Others don’t look like they sound.

There are friends who don’t act like friends.

And enemies who’d never dream of hurting anyone.

But, do you know what the strangest thing about time and space is?

Your thoughts will never betray you.  They will strive to become things.  You can change your circumstances on a dime.  And where you’ve been, has no bearing on where you can still go.

Let’s create heaven on earth, one life at a time, beginning with yours.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, December 8, 2014)


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