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.

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“Be Great in Little Things”

 

“In the end, your life is only a dash between two dates on a tombstone.

What’s your dash gonna be?”    (Chris W. Werner)

 

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“We are what we believe we are.”     (C.S. Lewis)

 

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“When we accept small wonders, we qualify ourselves to imagine great wonders.” (Tom Robbins)

 

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“People do not decide to become extraordinary.  They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”     (Edmund Hillary)

 

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“The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.”     (Carlos Castaneda)

 

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“I keep wondering, how many people do you need to be, before you can become yourself.”     (Iain S. Thomas)

 

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“Be great in little things, and you will be given opportunity to do big things.” (Richard Shivers)

 

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“I can’t believe God put us on this earth to be ordinary.”     (Lou Holtz)

 

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“Be great in little things.”     (St. Francis Xavier)

 

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“The Future Starts Today / Autograph Your Work”

 

“Leadership is not magnetic personality – that can just as well be a glib tongue.  It is not making friends and influencing people – that is flattery.  Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.  (Peter Drucker)

 

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“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision.  You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”    (Theodore M. Hesburgh)

 

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There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that’s important.”    (Ruth Ross)

 

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“What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.  The only thing of consequence is what we do.”    (John Ruskin)

 

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“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.  Autograph your work with excellence.”    (Unknown)

 

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”    (Walt Disney)

 

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“I didn’t get where I am by thinking about it or dreaming about it.  I got there by doing it.”    (Estée Lauder)

 

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“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”    (Pope John Paul II)

 

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“Leadership / Be Afraid and Do It Anyway”

 

“A monumental question for leaders in any organization to consider is:  How much greatness are we willing to grant people?”     (The Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander)

 

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“Leaders focus on the soft stuff. People.  Values.  Character.  Commitment.  A Cause.
All of the stuff that was supposed to be too ‘goo-goo’ to count in business.  Yet, it’s the stuff that real leaders take care of first.  And forever.
That’s why leadership is an art, not a science.  If leadership were just about hitting your numbers, about driving the troops to meet their quotas, then leadership would just be a math problem.  But leadership is a human mystery.”    (Tom Peters)

 

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“The most effective way to teach anyone what we would like them to know is through behavior, not words. …  People of action, those who make a difference in life, those whom we most admire, all seem to know the truth of the ancient wisdom (of Emerson),  ‘What you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear what you say.’

Be a doer.  And in the process, you will do more to teach others ….”    (Wayne W. Dyer, Wisdom of the Ages)

 

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We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”    (e. e. cummings)

 

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Zig Ziglar used to tell a story about a baseball team on a losing streak.  On the road for a doubleheader, the team visited a town that was home to a famous faith healer. While the guys were warming up, the manager disappeared.  He came back an hour later with a big handful of bats.  ‘Guys, these bats were blessed and healed by the guru.  Our problems are over.’

According to the story, the team snapped out of their streak and won a bunch of games.  Some people wonder, ‘Did the faith healer really touch the bats, or was the manager making it up?’  Huh?   Does it matter?     (Seth Godin)

 

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We all have possibilities we don’t know about.  We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.”    (Dale Carnegie)

 

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“Trust yourself.   You know more than you think you do.”    (Dr. Spock)

 

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“Be afraid and do it anyway.”    (Rachel Muir)

 

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“And That’s Life, Isn’t It?”

 

“This life is like a roller-coaster; once you are strapped-in and the ride has started, you aren’t getting off.”    (Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life)

 

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“Whenever you think ‘nothing is working for me,’ always ask ‘but am I working for me?’ your answer is crucial.  Get up, dust yourself off, and try again.”    (Unknown)

 

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“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are ── or, as we are conditioned to see it.”   (Stephen Covey)

 

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“Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.”    (Stephen Covey)

 

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“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain.  From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me.  There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”    (Rumi)

 

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“But I believe good things happen every day.  I believe good things happen even when bad things happen.  And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad.   And that’s life, isn’t it?”    (Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere)

 

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“Do It Again”

 

“Each of us is born brilliant. Then we spend the rest of our lives having our brilliance buried by people, circumstances, and experiences.  Eventually, we forget that we ever had genius and special talents, and our brilliance is locked away in a vault deep within.  So, we settle for who we are, instead of striving for who we were meant to be.”    (Simon T. Bailey)

 

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“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”    (Stephen Covey)

 

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“The wrong bus.   Your first mistake was getting on the A53 bus, the one that goes crosstown instead of to where you’re going.
Mistakes like this happen all the time.
The big mistake, though, the one that will cost you, is staying on that bus.
I know it wasn’t easy to get on the bus.  I know you got a seat.  I know it’s getting dark outside.
But you’re on the wrong bus and staying on the wrong bus won’t make it the right bus.
If you really want to get where you set out to go, you’re going to have to get off the wrong bus.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 8.5.18)

 

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“Planning is helpful.  If you don’t know what you want, you’ll seldom get it. But, no matter how well you plan, you will fare better if you expect the unexpected.  The unexpected, by nature, comes unseen, unthought, un-envisioned.  All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the flow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed, while those who are unable to go with the flow often suffer, if they survive.”    (David W. Jones, Moses and Mickey Mouse: How to Find Holy Ground in the magic Kingdom and Other Unusual Places)

 

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“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.”    (Bob Dylan)

 

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“Do it again.
Play it again.  Sing it again.  Read it again.  Write it again.  Sketch it again.  Rehearse it again.  Run it again.  Try it again.
Because again is practice, and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection.”    (Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway)

 

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“Today is Your Lucky Day”

 

“Don’t let other people tell you what you want.”     (Pat Riley)

 

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“Be a light, not a judge, be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Little by little, your circle of influence will explode, and you will avoid the emotional metastasizing cancers of complaining, criticizing, competing, comparing and cynicism, all which reflect victimization, all of which are the opposite of being proactive.”     (Stephen Covey)

 

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“In a space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose.  Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings.  We may have limited choices, but we can always choose.  We can choose our thoughts, emotions, moods, our words, our actions; we can choose our values and live by principles.  It is the choice of acting or being acted upon.”     (Stephen Covey)

 

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“Forget mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.  Today is your lucky day.”     (Will Durant)

 

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“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes …
I’m thinking of making a few more.”    (Unknown Author)

 

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“For the next seven days, I challenge you not to complain at all.”     (T. Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind)

 

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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”     (Reinhold Niebuhr)

 

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“You Are the Truth” / “Dare to Dream”

 

 

“Change your thoughts and your change the world.”    (Norman Vincent Peale)

 

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“Mind is the master power that molds and makes
And Man is Mind and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought and, shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking glass.”    (James Allen)

 

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“Our thoughts are the most powerful tools we’ve got.

I think; therefore, I can create awesomeness.  Or horrendousness.  But the bottom line is that it’s through our thoughts that we create our realities.”    (Jen Sincero, You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life)

 

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“We must dare to dream great dreams – and then we must dare to put them into action.”    (Peter MacDonald)

 

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“Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple.  It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.  In the silence of ‘not doing’ we begin to know what we feel.  If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.   Listen.”    (Unknown Author)

 

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“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’  Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.  These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.  It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, ‘How good or how bad am I?’ That’s where courage comes in.”    (Erma Bombeck)

 

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“What a wonderful life I’ve had!
I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”    (Colette)

 

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“You are the truth from foot to brow.
Now what else would you like to know?”    (Rumi)

 

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“What Can I Do Today to Make a Difference? / Visualize the Impossible”

 

 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”     (Maya Angelou)

 

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“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

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“If you want to interact effectively with me, to influence me – your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss, your worker, your friend – you first need to understand me.  And you can’t do that with technique alone.  If I sense you’re using some technique, I sense duplicity, manipulation.  I wonder why you’re using it, what your motives are.  And I don’t feel safe enough to open myself up to you.” (Stephen R. Covey, Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People)

 

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“You cannot build a team or organization that believes in different things from you. You can’t make them into something you’re not.  Leadership isn’t just a job; it is a commitment to other people’s excellence.

As an illustration, think of the movie, ‘Remember the Titans.’  One of the highlights of that film was the heated exchange between the white captain and one of the black players, who had experienced firsthand the captain’s lack of acceptance and support.  When the captain confronted the player for deliberately missing a play, the player retorted, ‘attitude reflects leadership, captain.’

We must remember that, unfortunately, too many managers and supervisors who are responsible for developing others haven’t learned the basics of good leadership and development, even for themselves.  They are trying to build organizations or provide services based on a different value system.  It doesn’t work.  Employees quickly observe the disconnect between words and deeds.”    (Don Ritz)

 

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“The final meditation on followership from Ira Chaleff’s book, “The Courageous Follower” is:   ‘Courage always exists in the present.   What can I do today?’

I am convinced that if more people would assume responsibility for asking themselves each and every day, “what can I do today to make a difference?” that our organizations would experience radical transformation.

Most of your peers are playing it safe.  They don’t want to stand up, stand out, and risk rejection or challenge.  They are content with doing just enough to get by, and by their own behavior our leaders encourage the perpetuation of this pattern.

We can do better, and because we can, we should.  Without courage, this is all just rhetoric.  Courage has to start today, and it has to start with you.

You have a lot more power than you think.  People are watching.”    (Brett L. Simmons)

 

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“Ordinary people believe only in the possible.  Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible.  And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”     (Cherie Carter-Scott)

 

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“Today is Filled With Anger / Make Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope

 

 

“I resent violence or intolerance in any shape or form.  It never reaches anything or stops anything.  A revolution must come on the due installments plans.  It’s a patent absurdity on the face of it to hate people because they live round the corner and speak a different vernacular, so to speak.”     (James Joyce, Ulysses)

 

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“If you start by hating one or two people, you won’t be able to stop.  Pretty soon you’ll hate a hundred people.”
“A zillion?”
“Even a zillion.  A little hatred goes a long, long way.  It grows and grows.  And it’s hungry.”
“Like Cimmamum?”
“Even hungrier.  You keep feeding it more and more people, and the more it gets, the more it wants.  It’s never satisfied.  And pretty soon it squeezes all the love out of your heart” — I pointed to her heart; she looked down at her chest — “and all you’ll have left is a hateful heart.”     (Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl)

 

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“Today is filled with anger, fueled with hidden hate.
Scared of being outkast, afraid of common fate.
Today is built on tragedies which no one wants to face.
Nightmares to humanity and morally disgraced.
Tonight, is filled with Rage, violence in the air.
Children bred with ruthlessness cause no one at home cares.
Tonight, I lay my head down but the pressure never stops,
knowing that my sanity content when I’m dropped.
But tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new,
build on spirit intent of heart and ideas based on truth.
Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride.
I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.”     (Tupac Shakur)

 

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“One theory says that if you treat people well, you’re more likely to encourage them to do what you want, making all the effort pay off.  Do this, get that.
Another one, which I prefer, is that you might consider treating people with kindness merely because you can.  Regardless of what they choose to do in response, this is what you choose to do.  Because you can.”     (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 2, 2014)

 

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“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.  I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.  How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor’s faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own?  He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.”     (St. Francis de Sales)

 

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Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.”     (Sanskrit proverb)

 

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“Our First Teacher is Our Own Heart”

 

“I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”     (Samuel Goldwyn)

 


 

“To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind towards discovery.”     (Louis Pasteur)

 


 

“The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you that must raise your sails.” (Rabindranath Tagore)

 


 

“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happened to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.” (Epictetus)

 


 

“Our first teacher is our own heart.”     (Cheyenne saying)

 


 

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:  Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”     (Patanjali)

 


 

“A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions.”     (William James)

 

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