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.

“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)



“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)



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



“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)



“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)



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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