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.

“Control Your Own Destiny”



“Would you like you if you met you?”    (Tegan and Sara)




“Oh, what we might accomplish, were it not for an exaggerated sense of our own unimportance.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects, Thoughts on Just About Everything)




“Braveness is not the absence of fear
But rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.”    (Paulo Coelho)




“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”    (Confucius)




“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”    (Cormac McCarthy)




“Why abandon a belief merely because it eases to be true.
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt it will turn true again, for so it goes.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.”    (Robert Frost)




“Forget self-esteem.  You need self-compassion.

Self-esteem has long been considered the bedrock of individual success.  But high self-esteem many not be all that it’s cracked up to be.  Thinking you’re great (which of course you are) comes with pressure to live up to your self-image.  You may live in quiet terror of making mistakes, and even worse, feel devastated when you do. When faced with a challenge, you don’t need to believe in your own brilliance as much as you need to confront your flaws head on.  Develop self-compassion, a willingness to look at your own shortcomings with kindness and understanding. With a realistic sense of your abilities and actions, you can figure out what needs to be done differently next time.  Being perfect doesn’t lead to success, but being able to avoid the same mistake does.”    (“To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem” by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Management Blog, 1.12.13)




“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”    (Jack Welch)




“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger that you seem, and smarter than you think.”    (A. A. Milne)



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