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.

“The Choice – Attitude”


The Choice

“Attitude is the most important choice any of us will make.  We made it yesterday and we get another choice to make it today.  And then again tomorrow.
The choice to participate.
To be optimistic.
To intentionally bring out the best in other people.

We make the choice to inquire, to be curious, to challenge the status quo.
To give people the benefit of the doubt.
To find hope instead of fear in the face of uncertainty.

Of course these are attitudes.  What else could they be?
And of course, they are a choice.  No one does these things to us.  We choose them and do the work (and find the benefits) that come with them.”     (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, January 1, 2017)




“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you.
And you don’t have to listen.”      (Nike)




“We all think we’re going to be great and we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met.  But sometimes expectations sell us short.  Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected.  You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. Standing.  Still, the unexpected is just the beginning; the unexpected is what changes our lives.”     (Grey’s Anatomy)




“Life is like a sandwich!

Birth as one slice,
and death as the other.
What you put in-between
the slices is up to you.

Is your sandwich tasty or sour?     (Allan Rufus)




“The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




“But there’s something in me that just keeps going on.  I think it has something to do with tomorrow – that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”     (Augusten Burroughs)




“Life is what you make it.  Always has been, always will be.”     (Eleanor Roosevelt)


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