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 It We Are Questing For?”


“That thing you thought you’d do

You start to think you can’t;

You always say tomorrow,

But you haven’t got a plan.

Everyone’s asking questions,

And all you do is dodge.

That career that you’d imagined

Was only a mirage.

The older that you get,

The smaller that you feel;

You forget what’s only in your head,

And what is really real.

Sometimes people make it;

They become who they meant to be.

But most of the time,

Dreamers only dream.”    (Margo T. Rose, The Words)





“Oh soul,

you worry too much.

You have seen your own strength.

You have seen your own beauty.

You have seen your golden wings.

Of anything less,

why do you worry?

You are in truth

the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”   (Rumi)





“What is it we are questing for?  It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us.  Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself.  There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled.  You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth.”    (Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss:  Mythology and Personal Transformation)





“Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life.  First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with.  However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfill the promise they showed in childhood.  Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become.  Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfill whatever dreams are within our capability.

Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it.  As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.”    (Michio Kaku)





“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want.  No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym)





“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”    (Henry David Thoreau, Walden)





“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”    (Rabindranath Tagore)





“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”    (Wayne W. Dyer)





“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”    (Oscar Wilde)





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