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.

“Life is a Book / Read and Be Nice to Each Other”


“A book is made from a tree.  It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles.  One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years.  Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another.  Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”    (Carl Sagan)




“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”    (Orhan Pamuk, The New Life)




“All the secrets of the world are contained in books.  Read at your own risk.” (Lemony Snicket)




“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”    (Roberto Bolaño, 2666)




“’Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read.  I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die …’

She put her hand against his chest, just over his heart, and felt its beat against her palm, a unique time signature that was all its own.

‘I only wish you would not speak of dying,’ she said.  ‘But even for that, yes, I know how you are with your words, and, Will – I love all of them.  Every word you say.  The silly ones, the mad ones, the beautiful ones, and the ones that are only for me.  I love them, and I love you.’”    (Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess)




“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.”    (Germaine Greer)




“People can lose their lives in libraries.  They ought to be warned.”    (Saul Bellow)




“The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.”    (Tom Clancy)




“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”    (C.S. Lewis)




”Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction.  No, read in order to live.”    (Gustave Flaubert)




“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”   (David Baldacci, The Camel Club)




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