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.

“Your Mind – What You Think You Become”



“You think about 60,000 thoughts a day.  It’s up to you to make sure that you don’t use up 59,999 of them with negative, cynical thinking.

So next time, before you start to think something negative, just think about that … and this:  Your brain has 1000 billion cells – and each of these little babies is connected to at least 20,000 other cells.  The variety of potential combinations of all these is more multitudinous than the number of molecules existing in the entire universe!  So, if you have that many different combinations of brain cells to choose from, why not try a new combo today?    (Karen Salmansohn, how to be HAPPY, dammit, a cynic’s guide to spiritual happiness)




“The mind is everything.   What you think, you become.”    (Gautama Buddha)




“Between stimulus and response there is space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”    (Viktor Frankl)




“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary.  And your mind will punish you for believing both.” (Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls)




“I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened.”    (Unknown Author)




“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




“We aren’t who we want to be.  We are what society demands.  We are what our parents choose.  We don’t want to disappoint anyone.   So, we smother the best in us.”    (Paulo Coelho)




“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.  You realize that you control your destiny.”    (Albert Einstein)




“He who knows others is learned.   He who knows himself is wise.”    (Lao Tzu)



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