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.

“Living Life”


“Life has no victims.  There are no victims in this life.

No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today.  We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.

Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past.  Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you.  Instead, stand up and face your past! Face your fears!  Face your pain!  And stomach it all!  You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying – but by all means – face it!

This life makes no room for cowards.”     (C. JoyBell C., The Sun is Snowing: Poetry & Prose by C. JoyBell C.)




“‘I was blind and heart-broken and didn’t want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, I have wonderful news!’
And I was like, ‘I don’t really want to hear wonderful news right now,’ and Gus said, ‘This is wonderful news you want to hear,’ and I asked him, ‘Fine, what is it?’ and he said, ‘You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!’”     (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)



“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still.  Just look and just listen.  No more is needed.”     (Eckhart Tolle)



“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”    (David Nicholls, One Day)



“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)




“’What can you do when you don’t fit in?  What can you do when life seems to be passing you by?’
‘Follow me.  I want to show you something.  See the horizon over there?  See how big this world is?  See how much room there is for everybody?  Have you ever seen any other worlds?’
‘As far as you know, this is the only world there is, right?’
‘There are no other worlds for you to live in, right?’
‘You were born to live in this world, right?’
‘WELL LIVE IN IT THEN!    Five cents please.’”      (Charles M. Schulz)



“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”     (André Gide)



Prayer for Good Humor

“Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I.’
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.”    (St. Thomas More)



“Keep learning, laughing, loving, and leading – living life just for the L of it!”     (Jim Clemmer)



“You gain or lose power according to the choices that you make.

The challenge to each human is creation.  Will you create with reverence, or with neglect?

Choose with wisdom because the power is now fully in your hands.”    (Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process by Gary Zukav)





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