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 “June, 2015”

“Dogs, Angels and Heaven”

“I heard somebody define heaven once,” she said, looking at Pearl, “as a place where, when you get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you.”   (Robert B. Parker)

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“Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously.  They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, et cetera.  If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special.  If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic.  But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more.  However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being?  Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day — we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.”   (Jonathan Carroll)

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“Heaven goes by favor.  If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”   (Mark Twain)

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“My grandfather used to say that if God did not allow a man to be reunited with his dogs in the next life He was no God worth worshipping; that if a dog did not have a soul, then nothing had.”  (John Connolly, The Wrath of Angels:  A Charlie Parker Thriller)

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“Dogs and angels are not very far apart.”   (Charles Bukowski)

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“Having a dog or cat will open your heart.  Reading a book will open your mind.  Having both a pet & a book … absolute heaven.”   (Mark Rubinstein)

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“The Biggest Cause of Excellence is the Story We Tell Ourselves”

 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.  Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”   (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

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“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”   (William Arthur Ward)

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“One of the critical decisions of every career:

‘Well, there’s plenty more to do, I’ll do the least I can here and then move on to the next one.’

vs.

‘I only get to do this one, once.  So I’ll do it as though it’s the last chance I’ll ever have to do this work, to please this customer, to ring this bell.’

As little as possible.  Or as much.  The system might push you to become mediocre, but that very same system rewards excellence.  The perception that the minimum is viable is built deep into our notion of productivity, but it turns out that the maximum is valuable indeed. The biggest cause of excellence is the story we tell ourselves about our work. 

It’s a choice, a commitment and a lifelong practice.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 17, 2015)

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“What is success?  It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“Sure, I used to believe in accidents, coincidences, and chance… until one memorable day, when I stared out at the world from your very eyes, listened to it with your very ears, felt it with your very heart, all while thinking your very thoughts, and all at once I realized:   You had become everything I’d ever dreamed you’d be.   Nice going,   (signed)   The Universe.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, June 12, 2015)

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“Who Am I?”

 

“There are something like 18 billion cells in the brain alone.  There are no two brains alike; there are no two hands alike; there are no two human beings alike.  You can take your instructions and your guidance from others, but you must find your own path.”   (Joseph Campbell)

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“The year you were born marks only your entry into the world.  Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.”   (Jarod Kintz)

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

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“Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.”   (Shannon L. Alder)

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“Life is a valuable and unique opportunity

to discover who you are.

But it seems as soon as you near

answering that age-old question,

something unexpected always happens

to alter your course.

And who it is you thought you were

suddenly changes.

 

Then comes the frustrating realization

that no matter how long life endures,

no matter how many experiences

are muddled through in this existence,

you may never really be able

to answer the question…..

Who am I? 

Because the answer, like the seasons,

constantly, subtly, inevitably changes.

And who it is you are today,

is not the same person you will be tomorrow.”   (Richelle E. Goodrich, Eena, The Dawn and Rescue)

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