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.

“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)

 

 


 

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