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.

“Life’s Journey / Know Yourself”


“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”   (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)


“When we are young we squander time as though it were unlimited; when we grow older, then like beggars, we wish for crumbs of remembrance… .”    (Nannette L. Avery)


“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”    (Antonio Porchia)


“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”    (Shannon L. Alder)


“unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.”    (Charles Bukowski)


“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”    (Paulo Coelho)


“Please, keep looking.  Not for a person, but for your passion, your love, your courage, your goals, your dreams, your happiness, yourself.

Keep looking.  Explore yourself before you explore another.  Know your worth, know yourself.

Only then will you know what you need over what you want.  You need yourself to become your own.”    (Unknown Author)


“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid sideways totally worn out, shouting ‘holy shit … what a ride!’”   (Hunter S. Thompson)




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