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, 2016”

“But That Was Life. Nobody Got a Guided Tour”

 

“We insist on being Someone, with a capital S.  We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior.  We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are.  We mistake the openness of our being — the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment — for a solid, irrefutable self.  Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer.”   (Pema Chodron)

 

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“But that was life:  Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park.  You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for… or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.”   (J. R. Ward, Crave)

 

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“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.”   (Miguel Ruiz)

 

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“To each there comes, in their lifetime, a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if that end finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”   (Winston Churchill)

 

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“How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?”   (David ‘Doc’ Luben, 14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes)

 

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You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.   (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)

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“Everyday Courage Has Few Witnesses”

 

“Everyday courage has few witnesses.  But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.”   (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

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“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

 

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“Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”   (Thich Nhat Hanh)

 

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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”   (Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking)

 

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“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken.  Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.  Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path.  Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look.  Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching.  March to the beat of your own drummer.  And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”   (Mandy Hale)

 

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”   (John Lennon)

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“Impossible is Nothing”

 

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”   (Walt Disney)

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“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”   (James Bertrand)

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration.  It’s a dare.

Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing.”   (Muhammed Ali)

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“Two hundred years ago, we had great-great-greats who lived in the dark, without much in the way of healthcare, commerce or opportunity.

Today, we complain that the MRI was chilly, or that the wi-fi on the transatlantic plane wasn’t fast enough or that there’s nothing new going on at the mall.

It’s human nature to recalibrate.  But maybe it’s worth fighting that off, for an hour or even a day.

The world around us is uneven, unfair and yes, absolutely, over-the-top amazing.

Boring is an attitude, not the truth.

Possibility is where you decide it is.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 12.19.15)

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“Clear your mind of can’t.”   (Samuel Johnson)

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“If not you … then who?”   (Marianne Williamson)

 

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“Be Mindful of Your Self-Talk”

 

“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.

But through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain, you gotta keep your sense of humor.

You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit.

Remember that.”    (Tupac Shakur)

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“You are a volume in the divine book, a mirror to the power that created the universe, whatever you want ask it of yourself, whatever you’re looking for can only be found inside of you.”   (Rumi)

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“I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullsh*t.”   (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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“I believe in the imagination.  What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.”   (Real Dreams, Duane Michals)

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“Let me tell you a truth… No matter what choice you make, it doesn’t define you.  Not forever. People can make bad choices and change their minds and hearts and do good things later; just as people can make good choices and then turn around and walk a bad path.  No choice we make lasts our whole life.  If there’s ever a choice you’ve made that you no longer agree with, you can make another choice.”   (Dust and Decay, Jonathan Maberry)

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“Be mindful of your self-talk.  It’s a conversation with the Universe.”   (David James Lees)

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“Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”   (William Chapman)

 

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