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.

Archive for the category “Change”

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on.”

 

“Cry.  Forgive.  Learn.  Move on.  Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”   (Steve Maraboli)

 

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“We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that’s exactly right.  The challenge is figuring out which is which.”   (Jodi Picoult)

 

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“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.


But they are there for a reason.  Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”  
(Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)

 

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“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.”   (Richard Bach)

 

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“I have faith that God will show you the answer.  But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do.  That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper and you have to listen very carefully to hear it.  But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song)

 

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“Tell me there is still good in the world.  Tell me there is still hope for all of us.”   (Marie Lu, Champion)

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“There is Nothing But Love”

 

“Soon after her brother was born, little Sachi began to ask her parents to leave her alone with the new baby.  They worried that like most four-year-olds, she might feel jealous and want to hit or shake him, so they said no.  But she showed no signs of jealousy.  She treated the baby with kindness and her pleas to be left alone with him became more urgent.  They decided to allow it.  Elated, she went into the baby’s room and shut the door, but it opened a crack – enough for her curious parents to peek in and listen.  They saw little Sachi walk quietly up to her baby brother, put her face close to his and say quietly …

‘Baby, tell me what God feels like.  I’m starting to forget.’”     (Dan Millman)

 

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“In the eyes of love we are all beautiful, and even more astonishing, we are lovable.”   (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)

 

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“Love is the energy of the soul.  Love is what heals the personality.  There is nothing that cannot be healed by love.  There is nothing but love.”   (‘Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul”, Gary Zukav)

 

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“Do you think we choose the times into which we are born?  Or do we fit the times we are born into?”   (Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ the movie)

 

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“Be – don’t try to become.”   (Osho)

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“There are No ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ People. / Nobody Sees Anybody Truly”

 

“You know, what strikes me is how desperately we all need to know that we are seen and heard.  We don’t need our lives to be different, or easier, we just need someone to see the pain.  To know what we’ve faced and overcome.  To say: Yes. I see this.  This is real.  We don’t need a magician to take it all away – we just need a witness.”   (Glennon Doyle Melton)

 

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“If one of us could ascend to the heavenly realm and for a few hours accompany the Divine on His daily rounds, he would see below millions of his fellow humans busily hurling themselves into the passions, sports, and actions of the moment — all the while seemingly oblivious of those around him.

But if our observer had the power … he would also feel and sense, pulsing through and vibrating from every one of us here below a desperate and unending plea, ‘Notice me! I want to be known, admired, and loved by the whole world!’

And it is this; this glorious weakness, this dependence of us on each other that makes some of us heroes, and some of us fools – and most of us heroes and fools at the same time!”   (Rev. Michael Burry)

 

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“There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people.  Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice.  A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts… nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos.  That is the way we all see … each other in life.  Vanity, fear, desire, competition— all such distortions within our own egos — condition our vision of those in relation to us.  Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other.  That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layer of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts.  Such cases seem purely theoretical to me…”   (Tennessee Williams)

 

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“If you can imagine it, you can have it.  This is the name of the game.  This is the lesson to learn.  It couldn’t be any easier.  Reality is not what your eyes show your mind, but what your mind creates for your eyes to see.  You are not limited by logic, the past, or the world around you. You are not of the world around you.  You are supernatural, pure spirit.

You came first.  Magic, miracles, and luck are the consequences of understanding this, the inevitable result of dreaming and acting in spite of appearances.

You are ever so close.  Simply stay the course.  It won’t be very much longer.  If you can imagine it, you can have it.   Soul-Power, (signed) The Universe”     (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, July 7, 2016)

 

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It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”   (Tony Robbins)

 

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“The Questions are Complicated; the Answers are Simple”

 

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”     (Dr. Seuss)

 

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“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”   (G. K. Chesterton)

 

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“No one’s life should be rooted in fear.  We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.”   (Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy)

 

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“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”    (Eckhart Tolle)

 

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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”     (Khalil Gibran)

 

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“I will not play tug o’ war.  I’d rather play hug o’ war.  Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”   (Shel Silverstein)

 

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“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”   (St. Francis of Assisi)

 

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“But That Was Life. Nobody Got a Guided Tour”

 

“We insist on being Someone, with a capital S.  We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior.  We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are.  We mistake the openness of our being — the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment — for a solid, irrefutable self.  Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer.”   (Pema Chodron)

 

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“But that was life:  Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park.  You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for… or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.”   (J. R. Ward, Crave)

 

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“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.”   (Miguel Ruiz)

 

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“To each there comes, in their lifetime, a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if that end finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”   (Winston Churchill)

 

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“How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?”   (David ‘Doc’ Luben, 14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes)

 

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You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.   (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)

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“Everyday Courage Has Few Witnesses”

 

“Everyday courage has few witnesses.  But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.”   (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

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“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

 

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“Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”   (Thich Nhat Hanh)

 

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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”   (Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking)

 

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“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken.  Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.  Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path.  Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look.  Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching.  March to the beat of your own drummer.  And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”   (Mandy Hale)

 

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”   (John Lennon)

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“Impossible is Nothing”

 

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”   (Walt Disney)

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“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”   (James Bertrand)

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration.  It’s a dare.

Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing.”   (Muhammed Ali)

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“Two hundred years ago, we had great-great-greats who lived in the dark, without much in the way of healthcare, commerce or opportunity.

Today, we complain that the MRI was chilly, or that the wi-fi on the transatlantic plane wasn’t fast enough or that there’s nothing new going on at the mall.

It’s human nature to recalibrate.  But maybe it’s worth fighting that off, for an hour or even a day.

The world around us is uneven, unfair and yes, absolutely, over-the-top amazing.

Boring is an attitude, not the truth.

Possibility is where you decide it is.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 12.19.15)

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“Clear your mind of can’t.”   (Samuel Johnson)

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“If not you … then who?”   (Marianne Williamson)

 

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“Be Mindful of Your Self-Talk”

 

“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.

But through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain, you gotta keep your sense of humor.

You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit.

Remember that.”    (Tupac Shakur)

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“You are a volume in the divine book, a mirror to the power that created the universe, whatever you want ask it of yourself, whatever you’re looking for can only be found inside of you.”   (Rumi)

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“I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullsh*t.”   (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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“I believe in the imagination.  What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.”   (Real Dreams, Duane Michals)

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“Let me tell you a truth… No matter what choice you make, it doesn’t define you.  Not forever. People can make bad choices and change their minds and hearts and do good things later; just as people can make good choices and then turn around and walk a bad path.  No choice we make lasts our whole life.  If there’s ever a choice you’ve made that you no longer agree with, you can make another choice.”   (Dust and Decay, Jonathan Maberry)

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“Be mindful of your self-talk.  It’s a conversation with the Universe.”   (David James Lees)

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“Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”   (William Chapman)

 

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“You Needn’t Worry”

 

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.   (A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner)

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“Sometimes, I sit alone under the stars and think of the galaxies inside my heart, and truly wonder if anyone will ever want to make sense of all that I am.”   (Christopher Poindexter)

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“You needn’t worry.  There is time.  You have all the time in the world.  You preceded time and you will exist beyond it.  Age is irrelevant; more meaningless than a number.  Forever, you have FOREVER.  There is no dream you now have that you will not manifest.  There is no challenge you now face that you will not crush and dispose of.  There is no point in spending one more second of your awesome, amazing life, thinking anything to the contrary.  It’s good to be, huh?

(signed)   The Universe   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 5.4.16)

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“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly.”   (O. R. Melling, The Summer King)

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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“Choose Big and Be Happy”

 

 

“It’s so tempting to look at your present life situation, at whom you’re with, at where you work, at what you have and have not, and think to yourself, ‘This was obviously meant to be… I’m here for a reason.’  And to a degree, you’d be right.  But you are where you are because of the thoughts you used to (and may still) think, and so you are where you are to learn that this is how life works — NOT because it was meant to be.

Don’t give away your power to vague or mysterious logic.  Tomorrow is a blank slate in terms of people, work, and play, because it, too, will be of your making.  You will again have that sense that it was meant to be, no matter who or what you’ve drawn into your life.  Nothing is meant to be except for your freedom to choose and your power to create. 

Choose big and be happy.   Signed    The Universe”    (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 4.19.16)

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“If you’re not where you want to be in life, keep going.  Treat yourself like you’re the closest friend you’ve got.  Celebrate the magnificent creature that you are.  Don’t let anyone mess with you and your dreams, least of all yourself.

Your life is happening right now.  Do not snooze and lose.  Love yourself, while you still have a chance.”   (You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero)

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.   Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”   (William H. Murray, explorer)

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