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.

“To Survive Today …”



“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”    (Frank Ogden)






“As we go about our daily lives, it is important to remember that we always find what we’re looking for.  If you set out today thinking that this is going to be a bad day, shortly things will begin to order themselves to meet your expectation.  Conversely, if you set out with an expectation of greatness, this can be one of the greatest days of your life.”     (Jim Stovall)






“Beginning of the Day”


“This is the beginning of a new day.   You have been given this day to use as you will.   You can waste it or use it for good.   What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind … let it be something good.”     (Author Unknown)




“End of the Day”


“Finish every day and be done with it.   You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.   Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.   It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




 “Every Day”


“There are only two ways to live your life.


One is as though nothing is a miracle.


The other is as though everything else is.”


(Albert Einstein)




 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”    (Johann Wolgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship)





”Happy wowday.


Halloween gives you permission to dress up.  April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.


What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow.’


 Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…


What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year?  If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?


Today might be your wowday.


Or tomorrow.


Up to you.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 3.18.14)





“May you live every day of your life.”    (Jonathan Swift)




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