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.

“Something Incredible is Waiting to Be Known”



“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”    (Ray Bradbury)



“There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy.  We are,  each of us, a little universe.”    (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos)



“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.”    (Carl Sagan, Cosmos)



“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.  Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born.  The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia.
Certainly, those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton.  We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people.  In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.  We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”    (Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder)



“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”    (Albert Einstein, The World as I See It)



“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”    (Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time)



“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations.  What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?  The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe.  Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”    (Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time)



“How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?  Especially awe inspiring is the fact that any single brain, including yours, is made up of atoms that were forged in the hearts of countless, far-flung stars billions of years ago.  These particles drifted for eons and light-years until gravity and change brought them together here, now.  These atoms now form a conglomerate- your brain –  that can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth but can also think about its own ability to think and wonder about its own ability to wonder.  With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself.  This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.”    (V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human)



“I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it.  I wish someone had just said:  ‘Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’  That’s a really smart kind of animal.  Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago.  This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it but trust me, that’s really how we all got here.  There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks.  That story you heard?  About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit.  The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years.  We made it all up.  Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny.  Also bullshit.  Sorry, kid.  Deal with it.’”    (Ernest Cline, Ready Player One)



“I am not a genius, I am just curious.  I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.”    (Albert Einstein)



“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”    



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