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”

“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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“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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“Your Dreams Create”

 

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

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

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

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“It’s a funny thing about life;

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

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“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)

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

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“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’)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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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? 

Probably.

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)

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“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)

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

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

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

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“’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)

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

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“Never Surrender Your Hopes and Dreams / You Have Everything You Need”

 

“Do not limit yourself to your own preconceptions of yourself, but throw yourself out onto a blank page that you haven’t written on yet, and see what you find out about you, see what story unfolds, see what happens!  I always do this, and sometimes it can be very frightening! Too very often I have a blank page with nothing written on it yet!  I feel as though I am a soul with a single covering – my body of skin – and that’s the only thing between me on the inside and the rest of the world!  It’s quite frightening to begin each day on a blank page, forgetting your own preconceptions of yourself and allowing your mind to embrace the new!  It is like meeting yourself for the first time, over and over again!”   (C. JoyBell C.)

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Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives.  The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results.  Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”   (Anthony St. Maarten)

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“The right moment.

You might be waiting for things to settle down.  For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little…

The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive.

Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard.  Whenever.

As long as whenever is now.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, April 13, 2014)

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“‘Everything will happen as was written by the Lord,’ replied the prophet. ‘There are moments when tribulations occur in our lives, and we cannot avoid them.  But they are there for some reason.’


‘What reason?’


‘That is a question we cannot answer before, or even during the trials.  Only when we have overcome them do we understand why they were there.’”    (Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)

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“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)

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“To Change One’s Life ….”

“I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams….   Man… is, above all, the plaything of his memory.”   (Andre Breton)

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”   (Robert Luis Stevenson)

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“We are all masters of our own destiny.  We can so easily make the same mistakes over and over.  We can so easily flee from everything that we desire and which life so generously places before us.

Alternately, we can surrender ourselves to Divine Providence, take God’s hand, and fight for our dreams, believing that they always arrive at the right moment.”   (Paulo Coelho, Brida)

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“Hold fast to dreams,

For If dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.”   (Langston Hughes)

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“The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire.  They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.”   (Casi McLean)

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“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”   (Lou Holtz)

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“To change one’s life:

1)  Start immediately,

2)  Do it flamboyantly,

3)  No exceptions.”   (William James)

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“We all die.  The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”   (Chuck Palahniuk)

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“It’s Always Your Choice”

 

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.”   (Diane Ackerman)

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“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”   (George Addair)

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“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”   (Theodore N. Vail)

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“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”   (Chinese Proverb)

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“I believe it is better to live a dream rather than to simply dream it.  The dream is the start of something greater, something that impels us to make daring decisions.  And it’s true that the person who pursues a dream takes many risks.  But the person who does not runs risks that are even greater.”   (Paulo Coelho)

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“Be miserable.  Or motivate yourself.  Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”   (Wayne Dyer)

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“I Promise Myself” – “Believe in Impossible Things” 2013

“I Promise Myself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, Happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only for the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of troble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, as long as I am true to the best that is in me.”   (Christian Larson)

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“There is no use trying”, said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.

“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”   (Lewis Carroll)

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“Miracles do Happen and We All Have Goodness in Our Heart” 2013

This is a repeat of a post I did in December 2012. It moves me so much during this time that I felt it was needed again. Merry Christmas everyone!  

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Although today’s post is a bit longer than my previous ones, I couldn’t excerpt parts of this without destroying the meaning of the story. Please bear with me and read the whole story. This story is a song by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and every time I hear it, I get a bit teary-eyed. Reading the lyrics below will hit you hard but try to listen to the song and get the full effect of it and understand why one can get a bit teary-eyed and understand that miracles do happen and that we all have goodness in our hearts. ~ GM Universe

OLD CITY BAR

In an old city bar, that is never too far

From the places that gather, the dreams that have been

In the safety of night with its old neon light
It beckons to strangers and they always come in

And the snow it was falling; the neon was calling
The music was low, and the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger, that even with strangers
Inside of this night it’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide and a child came inside
That no one in the bar had seen there before

And he asked did we know that outside in the snow
That someone was lost standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed through the smoke and the haze

Through the window and ice to a corner streetlight

Where standing alone, by a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling, the neon was calling
The bartender turned and said, not that I care
But how would you know this?
The child said I’ve noticed, if one could be home, they’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar, and in all of his life he was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw when he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street and we watched from the bar as they started to speak

Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K., put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away

And we saw in his hand that the cash was all gone from the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it this world you can change it
If we could somehow make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor or even a stranger
And to know who needs help you need only just ask

Then he looked for the child but the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside, somehow different I think
For the rest of the night no one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say that some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums in the world where they hid

But they weren’t there so they couldn’t see
By an old neon star on that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling the neon was calling
And in case you should wonder, in case you should care

Why we’re on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights
We were already there. ” (‘Old City Bar’ lyrics, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

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“Here are a few suggestions for special gifts: a firm handshake to a shaky soul, a kind word to a lonely person, a warm smile to the disheartened, a sincere concern for someone troubled, a feeling of compassion for the neglected, a comforting thought for the bereaved, a respect for the dignity of others, a defense of the rights of individuals, a word of witness to help a seeking soul, a Merry Christmas to all.” (Source Unknown)

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