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 “April, 2015”

‘I’m Not the Kind of Person Who …’


‘I’m not the kind of person who …’

“We box ourselves in long before the outside world ever gets a chance.

‘I’m not the kind of person who watches movies like that.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who proposes new ideas.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who reads books for fun.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who apologizes.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who gets a promotion.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who says ‘follow me’.’

‘I’m not the kind of person who’ …    is up to you.”   (Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin, 4.14.15)



“The thing that most forget while dreamily looking off into the horizon for the ship of their dreams is that such ships never sail in but are actually built beneath their very feet.  Get my drift?  …    (signed)  The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 4.14.15)



“Buddha left a road map,

Jesus left a road map,

Krishna left a road map,

Rand McNally left a road map. 

But you still have to travel the road yourself.”   (Stephen Levine)



“Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’

It will only be time wasted.

The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ 

To that there is an answer.”   (Leo Buscaglia)



“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”   (Jean-Luc Picard, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’)


“You Have to Believe”


“Shake it Off, Stomp it Down, Step Up

A story is told of a farmer whose mule fell into an abandoned well.  After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get the mule out of the well, the farmer decided it was a hopeless situation.  With sadness, the farmer figured that the only humane thing to do would be to haul truckloads of dirt to bury the old mule, while filling in the dangerous well, at the same time.

He backed up the truck, and began to shovel in the dirt.  The old mule, however, went berserk when the first load of dirt hit its back.  That old mule started shaking off the dirt, stomping it down and stepping up a bit.  Shovel-full after shovel-full caused the mule to shake off the dirt and firmly stomp it down.

Truckload after truckload, the old mule repeated the same process.  It shook off the dirt, stomped it down and stepped up a bit.  Little by little, that mule was lifting itself out of the hole.

No matter how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought off panic when it realized that no matter how much was dumped on its back all it had to do was shake it off, stomp it down and step up.  And, guess what?  It wasn’t too long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, triumphantly stepped out of the well.

Have you ever noticed that there are different ways people have of dealing with the problems life dumps on them?  If we respond to our problems positively, and refuse to panic, or fall further into bitterness and despair, the adversities that come along to bury us usually contain within them the potential to benefit and bless us!  Rather than burying us, the adversities and criticisms can make us better, lifting us up, bit by bit.”   (Bill Denton)



“You say, it’s dark.  And in truth, I did place a cloud before your sun.  but do you not see how the edges of the cloud are already glowing and turning light.”   (Nietzsche)



“There are two primary choices in life:  to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”   (Denis Waitley)



“You have to believe.

Otherwise, it will never happen.”   (Neil Gaiman, Stardust)


“Live With Your Hands Unfolded”


“Fourth-grader Aiden Sykes had a few questions for his dad, Albert.  … he was curious to know what his father’s dreams were for him.

‘My dream is for you to live out your dreams,’ Albert told him.  ‘There’s an old proverb that talks about when children are born, children come out with their fists closed because that’s where they keep all their gifts.  And as you grow, your hands learn to unfold, because you’re learning to release your gifts to the world.

‘And so, for the rest of your life, I wanna see you live with your hands unfolded.’”   (Dad to Son:  ‘Live With Hands Unfolded … Release Your Gifts to World’, StoryCorps non-profit organization, 3.20.15)



“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”   (Steven Pressfield)



“In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.”   (David Blaine)



“Do not merely think that you are going to become great; think that you are great now.  Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at some future time; begin now.”   (Wallace D. Wattle, The Science of Being Great)



“… and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”   (Anais Nin)


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