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.

“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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