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”

“Take Risks” / “Look Under Your Feet”

 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.”   (Anthony J. D’Angelo)

 

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“Take risks.

If you win, you will be happy; 

If you lose, you will be wise.”   (Anonymous)

 

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“When you hear ‘Repent for your past,’ realize it’s a great religious distraction from waking up.  Wake up!  That’s what repent means.  Not ‘weep for your sins.’  Wake up! Stop all the crying.  Understand!  Wake up!”   (Anthony De Mello)

 

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“None of us can predict with certainty the twists and turns our lives will take.  Life is uncertain, the future unknown.  This is neither good nor bad.  It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remains:  how to master our own fate, even so.”   (Jim Collins and Morten Hansen, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All)

 

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“The lesson which life constantly repeats is to ‘look under your feet.’

You are always nearer to the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.

The great opportunity is where you are.

Do not despise your own place and hour.

Every place is under the stars.

Every place is the center of the world.”   (John Burroughs)

 

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“We are here on Earth to do good to others.  What others are here for, I don’t know.”   (W.H. Auden)

 

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“These Are the Times / It’s What You Learn That Counts”

 

“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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“You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine.”   (Bernard M. Baruch)

 

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“These are the times – when hopes are dashed and chaos abounds – that golden opportunities, prized ideas, and new friends emerge into the view of all, but at first are seen only by the few who look.

They’re everywhere, everywhere. 

Let’s go crazy.   (signed)    The Universe.”   (Mike Dooley, ‘Notes from The Universe’  11.11.16)

 

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“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”   (Seth Godin, Small is the New Big)

 

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“Life isn’t just the front page – it’s the comics too.”   (Jim Althoff)

 

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”   (John Wooden)

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“That’s the Real Trouble With the World, Too Many People Grow Up”

 

 

“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny—he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed.  You are not here accidentally— you are here meaningfully.  There is a purpose behind you.  The whole intends to do something through you.”   (Osho)

 

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“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”   (Carl Sandburg)

 

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”   (Harriet Tubman)

 

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“Dreams are illustrations, from the book your soul is writing about you.”   (Marsha Norman)

 

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“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world.  There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor.  But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents.  Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around.  It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”   (Leo Buscaglia)

 

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Too many people grow up.

That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.  They forget.”   (Walt Disney)

 

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“Let Me Tell You Something You Already Know”

 

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”    (The Help, Kathryn Stockett)

 

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“Let me tell you something you already know.  The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.  You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.  But it ain’t about how hard ya hit.  It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward.  How much you can take and keep moving forward.  That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you!  You’re better than that!”    (Rocky Balboa movie, 2006)

 

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“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)

 

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“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”   (George Elliot)

 

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”   (Peter F. Drucker)

 

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“Be realistic:  Plan for a miracle.”   (Rajneesh)

 

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“Set the Tone Every Day” / “If Not You, Who?”

 

 

“To lead the people, walk beside them.”   (Lao Tzu)

 

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“Set the tone every day.  You may think you can’t change the corporate culture, but you’re actually helping to build it with everything you do and every word you utter.  Your people look to you as a model.  So pay attention to the signals you send about what you value and believe in.”   (Lost & Found, the story of how one man discovered the secrets of leadership, Lyle Sussman, Ph.D., Sam Deep, & Alex Stiber)

 

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“Really believe in your heart of hearts that your fundamental purpose, the reason for being, is to enlarge the lives of others.  Your life will be enlarged also.  And all of the other things we have been taught to concentrate on will take care of themselves.”   (Pete Thigpen, Executive Reserves)

 

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“Every single person you meet has a ‘sign’ around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’  If you can do that, you’ll be a success, not only in business but in life as well.”   (Mary Kay Ash)

 

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“Perhaps the ten most important two-letter words ever put together:  ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’”   (Unknown Author)

 

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“If not you, who?

If not now, when?”   (Abraham Maslow)

 

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“It is Never Too Late”

 

“It is never too late to turn on the light.  Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

It’s never too late to take a moment to look.”    (Sharon Salzberg)

 

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“Once on a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”   (Robert Hunter)

 

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“Light must come from inside.  You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.”   (Sogyal Rinpoche)

 

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“It is easy.  Just once a day, imagine the life you dream of.  Believe that it can be yours in this world of magic and miracles.  Choose to live as if you know of its inevitable manifestation. Don’t compromise.  Don’t worry.  Don’t look for results.  And as surely as spirit crafts one moment after another, so too will it fuse together the life you now lead with the life of your dreams as if they were two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, destined to become one.

This alone determines what’s ‘meant to be.’

Tallyho,    (signed)    The Universe”    (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, September 15, 2016)

 

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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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“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”   (Pablo Neruda)

 

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“Grown-Ups Never Understand”

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”   (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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“When things in your life are adding up, start subtracting.”   (Reverend Run)

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“When you repeat a mistake, it’s not a mistake anymore. It’s a decision.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“For there are two kinds of forgiveness in the world: the one you practice because everything really is all right, and what went before is mended  The other kind of forgiveness you practice because someone needs desperately to be forgiven, or because you need just as badly to forgive them, for a heart can grab hold of old wounds and go sour as milk over them ”   (Catherine M  Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Let the Revels There)

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“Tell me what’s the difference between hope and waiting because my heart doesn’t know. 

It constantly cuts itself on the glass of waiting

It constantly gets lost in the fog of hope.”   (Anna Kamienska)

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“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt)

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“There’s Something Happening Here / Don’t Worry / We’re Gonna Have a Good Day”

 

 

“There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

There’s battle lines being drawn

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

 

What a field-day for the heat

A thousand people in the street

Singing songs and carrying signs

Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.”   (Stephen Stills, ‘For What It’s Worth’ song lyrics, Buffalo Springfield)

 

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“Don’t worry about a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Singing’ don’t worry about a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’

Smiled with the risin’ sun

Three little birds

Pitch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true

Saying’, (this is my message to you)

 

Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing

‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’

Smiled with the risin’ sun

Three little birds

Pitch by my doorstep

Singin’ sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true

Sayin’, this is my message to you.”   (Bob Marley, ‘Three Little  Birds’ song lyrics)

 

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“Let’s begin Now

You know today I just woke up and I said

You know instead of waitin’ on a good day

Waitin’ around through up’s and down’s waitin

On something to happen I just say

 

We’re gonna have

We’re gonna have

We’re gonna have a good day

And all my homies gonna ride today

And all these mommies look fly today

And all we wanna do is get by today


Heyyy

We’re gonna have a good day

And ain’t nobody gotta cry today

‘Cause ain’t nobody gonna die today

Save that drama for another day

Heyyy we’re gonna have a good day.”   (Nappy Roots, ‘Good Day’ song lyrics, songwriters: Joseph, Patrick “Beans” Esposito, Edward Hokenson, Bruce Charles Sudano, Melvin Adams, Vito Tisdale, William Hughes, Alan E. Wert)

 

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“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”   (Judith Campbell)

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“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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