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.

“One Day or Day One. You Decide.”


“The true hero is flawed.  The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.”     (Garth Stein)




“Wisdom backed by courage makes greatness.  Because they are immortal, they immortalize.  Each person is as great as his or her mind, and to the ones who knows, everything that is possible.  A person without knowledge is a world in darkness. Understanding and will are the eyes and the hands, without courage, the mind is dead.”    (Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom)




“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”     (Thomas Merton)




“’Be yourself, everyone else is taken.’

I don’t agree with Oscar Wilde on this one.
In fact, almost no one else is taken.  You definitely can’t (and shouldn’t) be someone who already exists, but the number of slots left is infinite.
Each of us can work to become the person we seek to be.  A better version of the person we are right now.
Doing work we’re proud of for people we care about.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, November 18, 2018)




“I want to continue being crazy;
Living my life, the way I dream it,
And not the way the other people want it to be.”     (Paulo Coelho)




“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)




“One day or day one.   You decide.”     (Paulo Coelho)



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