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 “September, 2015”

“I Will Spark the Brain That Will Change the World”


“Anything worth shouting about is worth shouting into the wind.

Because if enough people care, often enough, the word spreads, the standards change, the wind dies down. If enough people care, the culture changes.

It’s easy to persuade ourselves that the right time to make change happen is when it’s time. But that’s never true. The right time to make it happen is before it’s time. Because this is what ‘making’ means.

The most devastating thing we can learn about our power is how much of it we have. How much change we could make if we would only speak up first, not last. How much influence we can have if we’re willing to to look someone in the eye and say, “yes.” Or, “this is our problem, too.” Or, “this must stop.”

Yes, there’s wind, there’s always been wind. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop shouting.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, September 14, 2014)



“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.  The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”   (Franz Kafka, The Trial)



When the wind of change blows, some build walls while others build windmills.”   (Chinese Proverb)



“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”   (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life:  What on Earth Am I Here For?


“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”   (Tupac Shakur)



“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)



“True Sportsmanship is Always Taking the High Road”

In the past few days, a video has gone viral about two high school football players in San Antonio, Texas, who allegedly targeted a football referee during the game and knocked him down with a hard hit and then ‘speared’ him while on the ground.  The actions of the football players are troubling for many people in and out of sports but more so for the citizens of San Antonio, where I live.  Please do not judge the citizens of this great city by the action of a couple of football players.  In light of this incident, I’d like to share the following quotes.  Even though some of the quotes are not related to football, the quotes fit in with the spirit of sportsmanship.  (Alex Pena)




“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you’re playing in good company you don’t even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.”   (Gary Gygax)



“True sportsmanship is…

  • Knowing that you need your opponent because without him or her, there is no game.
  • Acknowledging that your opponent holds the same deep-rooted aspirations and expectations as you.
  • Knowing that, win or lose, you will walk off the course with pride.
  • Always taking the high road.
  • And always, always, always being a good sport.”  (Lorii Myers, No Excuses, The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book)



“It is all fun and games until a sore loser loses or someone accuses someone of cheating.”   (R. K. Cowles)



“In Brohier’s eyes, violence was not merely the last refuge of the incompetent.  It was the gloating revenge of the sore loser.”    (Arthur C. Clarke, The Trigger)



“A lot of young players don’t really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork.”   (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)



“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.  Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think of you.”   (John Wooden)



“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”   (Epictetus)


“Live the Truths / Be in the Play”


“This is me today, but take heed; it is not the same me as yesterday, and it will not be the same me tomorrow.”   (Richelle E. Goodrich)



“What good does it do knowing approximately where the treasure lies, yet never digging?  Having a bank account with millions in it, but never writing a check?  Or discovering the fountain of youth, but never drinking a drop?

You must live the truths you discover, break your old rules, defy logic, be the change.  Dig, write the check, and drink eternally, one little step after another.

There’s no other way.

Of course, you can ask for help.    (signed)   The Universe.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, June 23, 2015)



“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”   (Henry David Thoreau)



“Find meaning.  Distinguish melancholy from sadness.  Go out for a walk.  It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world.  It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter.  Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self.  Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world.  But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”   (Albert Camus)



“Be like the sun for grace and mercy.

Be like the night to cover others’ faults.

Be like running water for generosity.

Be like death for rage and anger.

Be like the earth for modesty.

Appear as you are. 

Be as you appear.”   (Rumi)



“The optimist doesn’t know whether life is a comedy or a tragedy – he’s just tickled silly to be in the play.”   (Robert Brault)


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