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”

“Living Life”

 

“Life has no victims.  There are no victims in this life.

No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today.  We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.

Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past.  Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you.  Instead, stand up and face your past! Face your fears!  Face your pain!  And stomach it all!  You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying – but by all means – face it!

This life makes no room for cowards.”     (C. JoyBell C., The Sun is Snowing: Poetry & Prose by C. JoyBell C.)

 

 


 

“‘I was blind and heart-broken and didn’t want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, I have wonderful news!’
And I was like, ‘I don’t really want to hear wonderful news right now,’ and Gus said, ‘This is wonderful news you want to hear,’ and I asked him, ‘Fine, what is it?’ and he said, ‘You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!’”     (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)

 


 

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still.  Just look and just listen.  No more is needed.”     (Eckhart Tolle)

 


 

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”    (David Nicholls, One Day)

 


 

“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)

 

 


 

“’What can you do when you don’t fit in?  What can you do when life seems to be passing you by?’
‘Follow me.  I want to show you something.  See the horizon over there?  See how big this world is?  See how much room there is for everybody?  Have you ever seen any other worlds?’
‘No.’
‘As far as you know, this is the only world there is, right?’
‘Right.’
‘There are no other worlds for you to live in, right?’
‘Right.’
‘You were born to live in this world, right?’
‘Right.’
‘WELL LIVE IN IT THEN!    Five cents please.’”      (Charles M. Schulz)

 


 

“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”     (André Gide)

 


 

Prayer for Good Humor

“Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I.’
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.”    (St. Thomas More)

 


 

“Keep learning, laughing, loving, and leading – living life just for the L of it!”     (Jim Clemmer)

 


 

“You gain or lose power according to the choices that you make.

The challenge to each human is creation.  Will you create with reverence, or with neglect?

Choose with wisdom because the power is now fully in your hands.”    (Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process by Gary Zukav)

 

 


 

 

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“If You Are a Dreamer Come In”

 

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”    (Shel Silverstein)


 

 

“The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labeling everything, judging everything.  Best to ignore that commentary.  Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up.”    (Plato, Conversations with Plato)


 

 

“Confronting problems is choosing to suffer now in the hope of future gratification rather than choosing to continue present gratification in the hope that future suffering will not be necessary.”    (M. Scott Peck)


 

 

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”    (Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night)


 

 

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”  (J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan)


 

 

“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves.  Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.”    (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)


 

 

“Imagination is the voice of daring.  If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”    (Henry Miller, Sexus)


 

 

“Make big plans … that’s the best way to make big things happen.
Write down your plans.  Share them with trusted colleagues.  Seek out team members and accomplices.
Shun the non-believers.  They won’t be easily convinced, but they can be ignored.
Is there any doubt that making big plans increases the chances that something great will happen?
Is there any doubt that we need your contribution?
Why then, are you hesitating to make big plans?”    (Seth Godin)


 

 

“The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”    (The Army Corp of Engineers)


 

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

 


 

“To Survive Today …”

  

 

“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”    (Frank Ogden)

 

 

 


 

  

“As we go about our daily lives, it is important to remember that we always find what we’re looking for.  If you set out today thinking that this is going to be a bad day, shortly things will begin to order themselves to meet your expectation.  Conversely, if you set out with an expectation of greatness, this can be one of the greatest days of your life.”     (Jim Stovall)

 

 

 


 

  

“Beginning of the Day”

 

“This is the beginning of a new day.   You have been given this day to use as you will.   You can waste it or use it for good.   What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind … let it be something good.”     (Author Unknown)

 

 


 

“End of the Day”

 

“Finish every day and be done with it.   You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.   Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.   It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

 


 

 “Every Day”

 

“There are only two ways to live your life.

 

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

 

The other is as though everything else is.”

 

(Albert Einstein)

 

  


 

 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”    (Johann Wolgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship)

 

  


 

  

”Happy wowday.

 

Halloween gives you permission to dress up.  April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.

 

What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow.’

 

 Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…

 

What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year?  If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?

 

Today might be your wowday.

 

Or tomorrow.

 

Up to you.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 3.18.14)

 

  


 

  

“May you live every day of your life.”    (Jonathan Swift)

 

  


 

“What About the Rest of Your Life?”

 

“Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up.  A lot of people don’t have the courage to do that.”    (Helen Hayes)

 



 

“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.”    (Steve Maraboli)

 



 

“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.”    (Robert Fulghum)

 



 

“Whatever you do, if you do it sincerely, will eventually become a bridge to your wholeness, a good ship that carries you through the darkness.”    (Carl Jung)

 



 

“Never forget the nine most important words of any family –
‘I love you.’
‘You are beautiful.’
‘Please forgive me.’”    (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)

 



 

“Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”    (Denis Waitley)

 



 

“’What about the rest of your life?’
She shrugged. ‘What about it?’
‘Aren’t you worried about, like, forever?’
‘Forever is composed of nows,’ she says.”    (John Green, Paper Towns)

 



 

“Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life.”    (Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt)

 



 

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable.  But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.  To be alive is to be vulnerable.”    (Madeleine L’Engle)

 



 

“Looking back, you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life, and that person was you.  It is not too late to become that person again.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)

 



 

“Let Your Deeds Be Judged”

 

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”   (Gabriel García Márquez)

 



 

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.  Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have.  It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death — ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.  One is responsible for life:  It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”    (James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time)

 



 

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”    (C. G. Jung)

 



 

“Every man’s life ends the same way.  It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”    (Ernest Hemingway)

 



 

“If other people do not understand our behavior — so what?  Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us.  If this is being ‘asocial’ or ‘irrational in their eyes, so be it.  Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves.  We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them.  How many lives have been ruined by this need to ‘explain,’ which usually implies that the explanation be ‘understood,’ i.e. approved.  Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself — to his reason and his conscience — and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.”    (Erich Fromm, The Art of Being)

 



 

“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect – and I don’t live to be –
but before you start pointing fingers… make sure your hands are clean!”    (Bob Marley)

 



 

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself.  It’s never your fault.
But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”    (Katherine Hepburn, Me, Stories of My Life)

 



 

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”    (St. Francis of Assisi)

 



 

The muscle of kick-assery is like any other muscle.  You have to use it or lose it.”  (Jen Sincero)

 



 

“If we did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”    (Thomas A. Edison)

 



 

“Life’s Journey / Know Yourself”

 

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”   (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)



 

“When we are young we squander time as though it were unlimited; when we grow older, then like beggars, we wish for crumbs of remembrance… .”    (Nannette L. Avery)



 

“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”    (Antonio Porchia)



 

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”    (Shannon L. Alder)



 

“unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.”    (Charles Bukowski)



 

“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”    (Paulo Coelho)



 

“Please, keep looking.  Not for a person, but for your passion, your love, your courage, your goals, your dreams, your happiness, yourself.

Keep looking.  Explore yourself before you explore another.  Know your worth, know yourself.

Only then will you know what you need over what you want.  You need yourself to become your own.”    (Unknown Author)



 

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid sideways totally worn out, shouting ‘holy shit … what a ride!’”   (Hunter S. Thompson)

 


 


 

“Make Your Spirit Glow Out Loud”

 

 

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school.  They don’t teach you how to love somebody.  They don’t teach you how to be famous.  They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor.  They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer.  They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind.  They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying.  They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”    (Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones)

 


 

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”     (C. G. Jung)

 


 

“When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That’s my religion.”  (Abraham Lincoln)

 


 

“The practice of assertiveness means acting.  Act as if you are already the healthiest person you can be.  Do not wait until you feel better about yourself or until you believe you have what it takes.  Act as if you are self-actualized and your beliefs will follow suit.  Act while you fear rather than waiting until you feel unafraid.  ‘Acting as if’ is a form of playfulness.  Play successfully combines contrasts and opposites.  When we act as if we are already more advanced than we imagine ourselves to be, we are creatively playing with an old, habitual self-image and welcoming a new self that wants to emerge.  This new self is encouraged into existence by the image we are displaying when we ‘act as if.’”    (David Richo, How to Be an Adult)

 


 

“Because, from the beginning, God said, ‘I’m gonna put this world into your hands. If I run everything, then that’s not you.’  So, we were created with a piece of divinity inside us, but with this thing called free will, and I think God watches us every day, lovingly, praying we will make the right choices.”    (Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: A True Story)

 


 

“Be happy about your own life and you’ll be amazed at just how much more beautiful you’ll find it to be.”    “Do whatever makes your spirit glow out loud.”    (TemitOpe Ibrahim)

 


 

“Life is a creation, not a discovery.”    (Neale Donald Walsch)

 


 

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

 


 

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”     (C. S. Lewis)

 

 


 

“Something Incredible is Waiting to Be Known”

 

 

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”    (Ray Bradbury)

 


 

“There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy.  We are,  each of us, a little universe.”    (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos)

 


 

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.”    (Carl Sagan, Cosmos)

 


 

“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.  Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born.  The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia.
Certainly, those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton.  We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people.  In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.  We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”    (Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder)

 


 

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”    (Albert Einstein, The World as I See It)

 


 

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”    (Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time)

 


 

“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations.  What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?  The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe.  Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”    (Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time)

 


 

“How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?  Especially awe inspiring is the fact that any single brain, including yours, is made up of atoms that were forged in the hearts of countless, far-flung stars billions of years ago.  These particles drifted for eons and light-years until gravity and change brought them together here, now.  These atoms now form a conglomerate- your brain –  that can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth but can also think about its own ability to think and wonder about its own ability to wonder.  With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself.  This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.”    (V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human)

 


 

“I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it.  I wish someone had just said:  ‘Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’  That’s a really smart kind of animal.  Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago.  This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it but trust me, that’s really how we all got here.  There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks.  That story you heard?  About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit.  The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years.  We made it all up.  Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny.  Also bullshit.  Sorry, kid.  Deal with it.’”    (Ernest Cline, Ready Player One)

 


 

“I am not a genius, I am just curious.  I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.”    (Albert Einstein)

 


 

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”    

 


 

“Don’t Let Yourself Get Lost in the Crowd”

 

“I do not exist to impress the world.  I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”    (Richard Bach)

 


 

“The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.”    (C. Joybell C.)

 


 

“One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.”    (Mary Renault, The Persian Boy)

 


 

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”    (Henry David Thoreau)

 


 

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”    (Sir Edmund Hillary)

 


 

“Are you waiting …
For someone to lead and inspire you,
For the boss to recognize you,
For clients to thank you,
For co-workers to hail you?
Well, here’s a news flash.
They are all just sitting there too
Waiting for you.”    (print ad for Minolta)

 


 

“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.”    (Adidas TV Commercial)

 


 

“Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges, remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters.  It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life.  The most important thing is don’t let yourself get lost in the crowd.”    (Angela Duvall)

 


 

“Don’t Exist” / “You Were Born with Wings”

 

“If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.”    (Ben Nicholas)

 


 

“Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”    (Liz Story)

 


 

“You don’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.”   (Flip Wilson)

 


 

“To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage.”    (Confucius)

 


 

“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”    (James Lane Allen)

 


 

“You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.”    (Liz Smith)

 


 

“You create your reality with your intentions.
You gain or lose power according to the choices that you make.”    (Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul)

 


 

“Excellence is never an accident.  It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”    (Aristotle)

 


 

“Don’t exist.
Live.
Get out, explore.
Thrive.
Challenge authority.  Challenge yourself.
Evolve.
Change forever.
Become who you say you always will.  Keep moving.  Don’t stop.  Start the revolution.  Become a freedom fighter.  Become a superhero.  Just because everyone doesn’t know your name doesn’t mean you don’t matter.
Are you happy?  Have you ever been happy?  What have you done today to matter? Did you exist or did you live?  How did you thrive?
Become a chameleon – fit in anywhere.  Be a Rockstar – stand out everywhere.  Do nothing, do everything.  Forget everything, remember everyone.  Care, don’t just pretend to.  Listen to everyone.  Love everyone and nothing at the same time.  It’s impossible to be everything, but you can’t stop trying to do it all.
All I know is that I have no idea where I am right now.  I feel like I am in training for something, making progress with every step I take.  I fear standing still.  It is my greatest weakness. …

Make this moment your reckoning.  Your head has been held under water for too long and now it is time to rise up and take your first true breath.
Do everything with exact calculation, nothing without meaning.  Do not make careful your words, but make no excuses for what you say. … Set a goal for everyday and never be tired.”    (Brian Krans, A Constant Suicide)

 


 

“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”     (Rumi)


 

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