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”

“Be Curious; Don’t Just Give Up”

 

“What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?”    (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

 


 

“Be yourself;  everyone else is already taken.”    (Oscar Wilde)

 


 

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”    (Lewis Carroll)

 


 

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”     (Albert Einstein)

 


 

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”     (Arthur C. Clarke)

 


 

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew because nobody looks attractive spitting it back out.”     (Carroll Bryant)

 


 

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”     (C. JoyBell C.)

 


 

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit.”    (Aristotle)

 


 

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious.  And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  It matters that you don’t just give up.”    (Stephen Hawking)

 


 

“Calvin: ‘The more you know, the harder it is to take decisive action.  Once you are informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of gray.  You realize nothing is as clear as it first appears.  Ultimately, knowledge is paralyzing.  Being a man of action, I cannot afford to take that risk.’

Hobbes: ‘You’re ignorant, but at least you act on it.’”   (Bill Watterson, The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury)

 


 

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 

 


 

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“Demand the Best for Yourself”

 

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”   (Joseph Campbell)

 


 

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also, by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”   (Helen Keller)

 


 

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”   (Lao Tzu)

 


 

“Don’t Just

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”   (Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart)

 


 

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”   (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

 


 

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”   (Anthony Robbins)

 


 

“Instructions for life:

– ‘Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.’

– ‘When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

– ‘Follow the three R’s:
   1) Respect for self.
   2) Respect for others.
   3) Responsibility for all your actions.’

– ‘Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.’

– ‘Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.’”   (H. Jackson Brown Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book)

 


 

“Nanny’s philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.”   (Terry Pratchett, Maskerade)

 


 

“Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action …. no matter what. So, you’re afraid?  Be afraid.  Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!”   (Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway)

 


 

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.

From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.”   (Epictetus)

 


 

“Don’t make me come down there. – God”    (Keith Caserta, Soul Searching)

 

 


 

“And Will You Succeed?”

 

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”   (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

 


 

“When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back.   It flies.”   (Kelseyleigh Reber)

 


 

“… and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”   (Anais Nin)

 


 

“Let’s borrow life preservers and jump over.  I think we should do something spectacular.  I feel that all our lives have been too restrained.”   (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night)

 


 

“Go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you.  Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth.”   (Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)

 


 

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)

 


 

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”   (Bob Dylan)

 


 

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)


 

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt)

 


 

“And will you succeed?  Yes indeed, yes indeed!  Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”   (Dr. Seuss)

 

 


 

“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)

 


 

 

“Love”

 

“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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