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.

“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)


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