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 “Dreams”

“The Beginning of a New Dream”



“There comes a time for healing no matter how broken you are right now; no matter how heavy your heart is right now.  There comes a time when you will go outside and let the sun shine on your face and let the wind touch your hair and you will not be tired by just simply being awake.
There comes a time when you will be happy to be alive again and that day you will appreciate your own being because now you know the other side.  Now you know the opposite.
Now you know what it’s like to not be sure if you really are; who you really are; if you simply are, anymore.
And that day will be the beginning of everything.”    (Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; In Search for the Great Perhaps)



“Things change, so I have to change too.”    (Adam Scythe, Immortals, Vol. III)



“Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.”    (Craig D. Lounsbrough)



“Where should I start?  I texted my old Jiko this question, and she wrote back this: You should start where you are.”    (Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being)



“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)



“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.  There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.  We can make the best or the worst of it.  I hope you make the best of it.  And I hope you see things that startle you.  I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of.  If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”    (Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”    (Joseph Campbell)



“Today is the beginning of a new dream.”    (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)



“Here’s to new beginnings,” Stuart says and raises his bourbon.
I nod, sort of wanting to tell him that all beginnings are new.”    (Kathryn Stockett, The Help)



“Create an Original Thought to Begin Each Day”


“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.”    (Tara Brach)




“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”    (Robert Schuller)




“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)




“Each day we wake in the morning with a thought in our minds.  This thought, whatever it may be, sets the tone for the rest of the day.  This is not always a good thing as we may wake up in a rush for work or school, with a hangover, feeling depressed or generally in a state of confusion

Therefore, it is a good idea to learn how to create an original thought to begin each day, and to make the day a perfect expression of your original thought.”    (The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking)




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




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




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




“Each child can always teach an adult three things:  to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)



“Believe in Yourself … Create Miracles”


“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”   (Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)



“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”    (Eckhart Tolle)



“Our bodies have five senses:  touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing.  But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. 
The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”    (C. JoyBell C.)



“You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life’s sorrows.  We may say we know this but ours is the culture of the deal-making mind.  From infancy, we have breathed in the belief that there is always a deal to be made, a bargain to be struck.  Eventually, we believe, if we do the right thing, if we are good enough, clever enough, sincere enough, work hard enough, we will be rewarded.  …

My invitation, my challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full participation.”   (Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation)



“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing or been too hesitant to attempt.  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.  …

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.  …

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life.  It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it.  The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”   (Jon Krakauer, Into the Wind)



“Motivational quotes and speeches are not about becoming an astronaut, brain surgeon, 1st place athlete or making a certain amount of money.  It’s about excitement, excitement from realizing the absurdity of existence and appreciating that you’re part of it.  And then inspiring others to follow, until we’ve all found that appreciation and the inner peace that comes with it.”   (Aiden Hall)



“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”  (Marvin Gaye)



“You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” (Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)



“Once you believe in yourself
and see your soul as divine and precious,
you’ll automatically be converted
to a being who can create miracles.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)



“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)





“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)



“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.” (Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City)



“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.” (Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawing of Brian Andreas)



“Come sleep with me:
We won’t make Love,
Love will make us.”    (Julio Cortázar)



“Love, I’ve come to understand is more than three words mumbled before bedtime.”    (Nicholas Sparks)



“I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”    (Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair)



“I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.”    (Jonathan Safran Foer)



“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”    (Dr. Seuss)



“’How do you spell ‘love’?’ – Piglet
‘You don’t spell it … you feel it.’ – Pooh”    (A. A. Milne)



“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)




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




“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)




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




“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)




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




“Too many people grow up.

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




“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)




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




“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)




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




“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)




“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)


“Your Dreams Create”


“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”  (John Gierach)



“The nearest way to glory – a shortcut, as it were – is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.”   (Socrates)



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



“It’s a funny thing about life;

If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”   (W. Somerset Maugham)



“Accidents, coincidences, and serendipities don’t create dreams.

Your dreams create them.

You can have whatever you want.

Dream away.   

          (signed)    The Universe.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, January 26, 1916)



“Don’t dwell on negative things, you loser.”   (God, @TheTweetOfGod)


“Let It Be Something Good”


“It’s your choice.

Each morning, I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today:  you can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.  I choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it.  I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life.  I choose the positive side of life. 

Life is all about choices.  When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people will affect your mood.  You choose to be in a good mood or a bad mood.  The bottom line:

It’s your choice how you live Life.”   (Jerry, a friend of Harvey MacKay, ‘Bottom Line: Your Choice How to Live’)



“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)



“When it comes to the words you choose, whether in your mind or amongst friends, let them be of what you like and love.  What you care about and cherish.  What makes you happy.  What gives you wings.  What makes you dream.

And very little else.

You make me happy,

  (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 8.20.15)



“When you understand that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 9.1.14)



“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t.  And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would.  You see?”   (Alice in Wonderland)


“Come to the Edge – It’s Fun to Do the Impossible”


Does life suck sometimes?  Absolutely!

Nonetheless, you and only you own your attitude.

Realistically, things may stink to high heaven.

Still, the day is yours to embrace with vigor and good cheer – or not.

Your call.  100%.  Period.

Remember, if you will, the annoying, persistent TPR (Tom Peters Rant):  ‘Excellence. Always.’

If not excellence, what?   If not excellence now, when?”   (Tom Peters)



What, exactly, should you do now? 

You can choose to lead, or not. 

You can choose to have faith, or not. 

Are there thousands of reasons why you, of all people, aren’t the right one to lead? 

Why you don’t have the resources or the authority or the genes or the momentum to lead? 


So what?

You still get to make the choice. 

But once you choose to lead, you’ll discover that it’s not so difficult.”   (Tribes – We Need YOU to Lead Us, Seth Godin)



“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on our own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”   (Dr. Seuss)



“You can choose beliefs that limit you, or you can choose beliefs that support you.”   (Anthony Robbins)



“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it.

Boldness has magic, grace, and power in it.”   (Goethe)



“’Come to the edge,’ he said.

They said, ‘We are afraid.’

‘Come to the edge,’ he said.

They came.

He pushed them.

And they flew!”   (Guillaume Apollinaire)



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


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