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 “Courage”

“Apply Within”

 

“APPLY WITHIN


You once told me

You wanted to find

Yourself in the world –

And I told you to

First apply within,

To discover the world

within you.

You once told me

You wanted to save

The world from all its wars –

And I told you to

First save yourself

From the world,

And all the wars

You put yourself

Through.”   (Suzy Kassem)

 

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“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”   (Maya Angelou)

 

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“Close your eyes and let the music set you free.”   (The Phantom of the Opera)

 

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“For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.

From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.

Unable to see, I heard my name being called.

Then I walked outside.”    (Jalaluddin Rumi, Open Secret:  Versions of Rumi)

 

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“Anyone can plot a course with a map or compass; but without a sense of who you are, you will never know if you’re already home.”   (Shannon L. Alder)

 

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“. . . None of us are born as passive generic blobs waiting for the world to stamp its imprint on us.  Instead we show up possessing already a highly refined and individuated soul.

Another way of thinking of it is:  We’re not born with unlimited choices.

We can’t be anything we want to be.

We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny.  We have a job to do, a calling to an act, a self to become.  We are who we are from the cradle, and we’re stuck with it.

Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”   (Steven Pressfield, The War of Art:  Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles)

 

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“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”   (Jack Welch)

 

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“Unless Someone Like You Cares”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  (Dr. Seuss, The Lorax)

 

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“Most good things have already been said far too many times and just need to be lived.”   (Shane Clairborne)

 

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“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious.  And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  It matters that you don’t just give up.”   (Stephen Hawking)

 

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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?  Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet.  Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air.  Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”   (Tupac Shakur, ‘The Rose That Grew from Concrete’)

 

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‘Good Bones’

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.

Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine

in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,

a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways

I’ll keep from my children.

The world is at least

fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative

estimate, though I keep this from my children.

For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.

For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,

sunk in a lake.  Life is short and the world

is at least half terrible, and for every kind

stranger, there is one who would break you,

though I keep this from my children.  I am trying

to sell them the world.  Any decent realtor,

walking you through a real shithole, chirps on

about good bones:  This place could be beautiful,

right?  You could make this place beautiful.   (Maggie Smith)

 

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“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”   (Socrates)

 

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt)

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“Stop Being Who You Were” / “You Are a Badass”

 

 

 

“Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”   (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

 

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“Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage.  You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through.”   (Jarod Kintz)

 

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“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” (William Arthur Ward)

 

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“Our character isn’t defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight.”   (Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak)

 

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“Close the door.  Remove the dust.  Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.”   (Paulo Coelho)

 

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“You are a badass.  You were one when you came screaming onto this planet and you are one now.  The Universe wouldn’t have bothered with you otherwise.  You can’t screw up so majorly that your badassery disappears.  It is who you are.  It’s who you always will be.  It’s not up for negotiation.”   (Jen Sincero, author of You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life)

 

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“Are you scared?  Or are you not ready?  There is a difference.”   (‘Unique Quietness’)

 

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“But There is Always 100% Love”

 

 

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”    (Og Mandino)

 

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“Tonight I sent an angel to watch over you, but it came back. When I asked why, it told me that angels don’t watch over other angels.”     (Unknown)

 

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“Accept who you are and revel in it.”   (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie)

 

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“Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.”   (Miguel Angel Ruiz)

 

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“A soul mate is not the person who makes you the happiest,

but the one that makes you feel the most. 

Who conducts your heart to bang the loudest,

who can drag you giggling with forgiveness from the cellar they locked you in.”   (Sierra DeMulder, excerpt from “Unrequited Love Poem”)

 

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“It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain, and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”   (Alan Ball, American Beauty)

 

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“My grandmother once told me, “Relationships are work, honey, and they aren’t 50/50. Some days when I get up I only feel like giving 10%, then your granddaddy has to give 90% that day.  But there is always 100% love.”   (Leigh Ann Lunsford)

 

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“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.”   (Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies) 

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“Find the Unspeakable Fear and Speak It.”

 

“Don’t believe everything you think.”   (Bryon Katie)

 

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“What if every ‘no’” meant ‘not yet’? 

Every setback meant, ‘there’s something way better’? 

Every loss meant, ‘even more is on the way’? 

And every disappointment meant, ‘pucker up, buttercup’? 

Yeah, precisely.   (signed)  The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, February 17, 2017

 

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“Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams.”   (Steve Maraboli)

 

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“Sometimes life just walks up to you, excuses itself and punches you in the face.”   (Mike Kunda)

 

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“You always do what you want to do.  This is true with every act.  You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice.  Only you have the power to choose for yourself.”   (W. Clement Stone)

 

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“I’m afraid of that.

If you can say this out loud, when you’ve been holding back, avoiding your confrontation with the truth, you will free yourself to do something important.  Saying it takes away the power of the fear.

On the other hand, if you say it 8 times or 11 times or every time, you’re using the label to reinforce your fear, creating an easy escape hatch to avoid doing something important.  Saying it amplifies the fear.

The brave thing is to find the unspeakable fear and speak it.  And to stop rehearsing the easy fears that have become habits.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 7.11.15)

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“Let’s Think the Unthinkable”

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not ‘eff’ it after all.”   (Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)

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“Listen closely: the only time it’s too late to change yourself is when you’re dead.

Until then, you’re simply making excuses or lying to yourself.”   (Unknown Author)

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“And God said ‘Love Your Enemy,’ and I obeyed him and loved myself.”   (Khalil Gibran)

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“It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us.  Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly.  The whole world is in our own minds.  Learn to see things in the proper light.”   (Swami Vivekananda)

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“Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”   (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

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“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”   (Robert Fulghum)

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“What people need is a good listening to.”   (Mary Lou Casey)

 

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“Good Advice”

Good advice… is priceless.

Not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear.  Not imaginary, but practical. Not based on fear, but on possibility.  Not designed to make you feel better, designed to make you better.

Seek it out and embrace the true friends that care enough to risk sharing it.

I’m not sure what takes more guts — giving it or getting it.   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog   5.14.14)

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“Do more than belong:  participate.  Do more than care:  help.  Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair:  be kind.  Do more than forgive:  forget. Do more than dream:  work.”   (William A. Ward)

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“It has taken far too long to figure out that in life dumb just will happen, but stupid always is a choice, a decision, and stupid has consequences.  Our goal in life is to keep dumb and stupid far apart.  Remember, stupid always is a choice, and it usually has stupid consequences.  Think!”   (Fr. Brian Cavanaugh)

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“Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”   (William Durant)

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“Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery.  And I promise you, something great will come of it.” (Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo)

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“Live, so you do not have to look back and say:  ‘God, how I have wasted my life.’”  (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

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“You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”   (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)

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“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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