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.

“What Is and What Might Be”



“How sad is the reality that the lives of so many men and women remain perpetually potential with their creative powers largely undiscovered.”   (Fr. Brian Cavanaugh)



“’Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that?  What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy?  It just wasn’t practical.  Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference.  Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you.
Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at… something.  Change lives through art maybe.  Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well.  Experience new things.  Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”    (David Nicholls, One Day)



“I mean, I don’t know how the world broke.  And I don’t know if there’s a God who can help us fix it.  But the fact that the world is broken – I absolutely believe that. Just look around us.  Every minute – every single second – there are a million things you could be thinking about.  A million things you could be worrying about.
Our world – don’t you just feel we’re becoming more fragmented?  I used to think that when I got older, the world would make so much more sense.  But you know what?  The older I get, the more confusing it is to me.  The more complicated it is. Harder.  You’d think we’d be getting better at it.  But there’s just more and more chaos.
The pieces – they’re everywhere.  And nobody knows what to do about it.  I find myself grasping, Nick.  You know that feeling?  That feeling when you just want the right thing to fall into the right place, not only because it’s right, but because it would mean that such a thing is still possible?  I want to believe that.”    (Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist)



“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package.  I’m just telling you to live in it.  Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. T o look at it.  To try to get the picture.  To live recklessly. T o take chances.  To make your own work and take pride in it.  To seize the moment.  And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace.  Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children.  And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”    (Joan Didion)



“What is and what might be.
They have much less in common than you might expect.
The key step in creating a better future is insisting that it not be based on the assumptions, grievances and dead ends of the past.
The future won’t be perfect.  We won’t be perfect.  But we can be kind.  We can listen.  We can give opportunity the benefit of the doubt.
The future won’t always work.  We won’t always succeed.  But we can be alert and seek out the possible instead of the predicted.
The future won’t always be fair.  But we can try.  We can care.  We can choose to connect.
It can be better if we let it.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 4.1.18)



“Life can be long or short, it all depends on how you choose to live it.
it’s like forever, always changing.  for any of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now.
you can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.
what you have to decide is how you want your life to be.
if your forever was ending tomorrow, is this how you’d want to have spent it?”    (Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever)



“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”    (C. G. Jung)



“Vision without execution is just hallucination.”    (Henry Ford)



“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.”    (Norman Mailer)



“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”    (Robert F. Kennedy)



“You are not here merely to make a living.  You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”    (Woodrow Wilson)



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