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 “March, 2018”

“We Are What We Think”


“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”   (Zayn Malik)



“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”   (Jordan Belfort)



“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”   (George Bernard Shaw)



“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”   (Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich)



“Don’t wait for things to happen. Make them happen.”   (Roy T. Bennett)



“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”   (E. E. Cummings)



“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”   (Jack Welch)



“Create your own miracles; do what you think you cannot do.”   (Roy T. Bennett)


“We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.”   (The Buddha)



“You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”   (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)




“Kids and Adults – Growing Up”


“There is no scientific theory of the universe that sufficiently answers the question, ‘Who entrusted to me this child.” (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them.  They remember what you are.”   (Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: and Other Things to Consider)



“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either.  Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing.  Inside, they look just like they always have.  Like they did when they were your age.  Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups.  Not one, in the whole wide world.”   (Neil Gaiman)



“The clash between child and adult is never so stubborn as when the child in us confronts the adult in our child.”   (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“I was wise enough never to grow up, while fooling people into believing I had.”   (Margaret Mead)



“It’s funny, isn’t it?  When you are young you just want to be old, and then later you wish you could go back to being a kid.”   (Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall)



“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”   (Paula Poundstone)



“’My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads.’
‘Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?’ they asked me the other day. 

I told them this story:  In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree.  Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, ‘Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome.  Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over.  No one wants to look at you.’  And they grew up in that forest together.  And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, ‘Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.’  So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper.  And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”   (Tom Waits)



“When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone.  Now I realize I should have been more specific.”   (Lily Tomlin)






“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)



“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.” (Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City)



“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.” (Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawing of Brian Andreas)



“Come sleep with me:
We won’t make Love,
Love will make us.”    (Julio Cortázar)



“Love, I’ve come to understand is more than three words mumbled before bedtime.”    (Nicholas Sparks)



“I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”    (Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair)



“I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.”    (Jonathan Safran Foer)



“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”    (Dr. Seuss)



“’How do you spell ‘love’?’ – Piglet
‘You don’t spell it … you feel it.’ – Pooh”    (A. A. Milne)



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