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.

“We Did it Ourselves”


“You don’t have to say everything to be a light.  Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire.”    (Shannon L. Alder)



“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”    (William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts)



“Heretics must believe. More than anyone else in an organization, it’s the person who’s challenging the status quo, the one who is daring to be great, who is truly present and not just punching a clock who must have confidence in her beliefs.
Can you imagine Steve Jobs showing up for the paycheck?  It’s nice to get paid.  It’s essential to believe.”    (Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us)



“Never follow somebody else’s path; it doesn’t work the same way twice for anyone… the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way. … If you do not choose to lead, you will forever be led by others.  Find what scares you, and do it.  And you can make a difference, if you choose to do so.”    (J. Michael Straczynski)



“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”    (Adlai E. Stevenson II)



“If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.”   (Germany Kent)



“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”    (Helen Keller)



“Don’t walk in front of me…
I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me…
I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.”    (Albert Camus)



How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“To lead people, walk beside them …
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.
The next best, the people honor and praise.
The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate …
When the best leader’s work is done the people say,
We did it ourselves!”    (Lao Tzu)




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