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.

“Our Secret Life”



“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”    (Roman Payne)




“Other people will edit you your whole life.   They’ll take what you say and keep the bits they like and throw away the rest.   Don’t edit yourself.”    (I Wrote This for You)




“Soar above the worries of daily life and explore the other possibilities that abound.  Knock and new doors will open.  Find, and quench your thirst for seeking.”    (Vikram Joshi, The Alchemy of The Soul)




“Our secret life is where we are able to tap into the power of the four human endowments:  self-awareness, conscience, imagination, and independent will.  It is the part of you where you decide the most fundamental issues of your life.  As the psalmist put it: ‘Search your own heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of your life.’   It truly is a secret life.   No one knows the thoughts and intents of your heart.   You alone have that awareness, and you can step in on your own deep inner life; you can examine, explore, and change it.   Many people, unless they are in pain because of something they care about that is not being fulfilled, will not go into their deep inner life at all.   In a sense, they’re not living. They’re just being lived, publicly and privately.”    (Stephen R. Covey, How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement)




“Order is not enough.  You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be learned.  Nonetheless, chaos can be too much.  You can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know.  Thus, you need to place one foot in what you have mastered and understood and the other in what you are currently exploring and mastering.  Then you have positioned yourself where the terror of existence is under control and you are secure, but where you are also alert and engaged.  That is where there is something new to master and some way that you can be improved.  That is where meaning is to be found.”    (Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos)




“If you live the same day, week, or year that you have always lived, your life will never get any better.  Let yourself actually live.  Fix what is broken in your life. Explore what you have left unexplored.  Find the discomfort of the new and embrace it.  Enjoy all that life has to offer.”    (Avina Celeste)




“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”    (Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden)




“Life is short.  The world is big.  It awaits your exploration.  If you’re not living on the edge, you’re just taking up way too much space.”    (Paul Beaver, Diary of an Amazon Jungle Guide: Amazing Encounters with Tropical Nature and Culture)




“You might as well answer the door, my child . . . the truth is furiously knocking.”    (Lucille Clifton, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980)




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