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”

“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)



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



“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)



“Hold fast to dreams,

For If dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.”   (Langston Hughes)



“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)



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



“To change one’s life:

1)  Start immediately,

2)  Do it flamboyantly,

3)  No exceptions.”   (William James)



“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)



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



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



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



“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)



“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)


“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!  



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


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)


“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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“Dare to Dream Great Dreams / Miracles Happen If You Believe”


“So you were born, and that was a good day.

Someday you’ll die, and that is a shame.

But somewhere in the between was a life of which we all dream

And nothing and no one will ever take that away.”   (Streetlight Manifesto, ‘Somewhere in the Between’)



“We must dare to dream great dreams – and then we must dare to put them into action.”   (Peter MacDonald)



“Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.”   (Marie Curie)



“Man’s desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived.”   (William Blake)



“Each of us has the power of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary – the everyday into the special.  To do so is far more rewarding than going the other way around.”  (Johnnetta B. Cole, Dream the Boldest Dreams and Other Lessons of Life)



“If your wish is strong enough, you may end up actually doing something to make it come true.”   (Lloyd Alexander, The Wizard in the Tree)



“Miracles happen to those who believe in them.”  (Bernard Berenson)


“You Can Change the World”


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)



“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”   (T. S. Eliot)



“A Legacy of Mandela –

Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.

For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:

You can.

You can make a difference.

You can stand up to insurmountable forces.

You can put up with far more than you think you can.

Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.

If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.”  (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 12.5.13)



“There is no remedy for death — or birth — except to hug the spaces in between.  Live loud. Live wide.  Live tall.”   (Jim Crace)



“Everything is possible.  The impossible just takes longer.”   (Dan Brown, Digital Fortress)



“You are good.  But it is not enough just to be good.  You must be good for something.  You must contribute good to the world.  The world must be a better place for your presence.  And the good that is in you must be spread to others.  In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference.  You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right.”   (Gordon B. Hinckley)



“Be the one who nurtures and builds.  Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people.  Leave people better than you found them.”   (Marvin J. Ashton)



Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela.



“Lucifer Protests / Stay Away From the Door / Heroes and Fools / Roller-Coaster”


“Lucifer protests he was never to blame for inducing anyone to sin, and that he’s never had an interest in owning souls:  ‘They die, and they come here – having transgressed against what they believed to be right – and expect us to fulfill their desire for pain and retribution.  I don’t make them come here…  I need no souls.  And how can anyone own a soul?  No, they belong to themselves.  They just hate to have to face up to it.”    (Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists)



“Some people stay far away from the door if there’s a chance of it opening up. They hear a voice in the hall outside and hope that it just passes by.”   (Billy Joel)



“If one of us could ascend to the heavenly realm and for a few hours accompany the Divine on His daily rounds, he would see below millions of his fellow humans busily hurling themselves into the passions, sports, and actions of the moment — all the while seemingly oblivious of those around him.  But if our observer had the power … he would also feel and sense, pulsing through and vibrating from every one of us here below a desperate and unending plea, ‘Notice me! I want to be known, admired, and loved by the whole world!’  And it is this; this glorious weakness, this dependence of us on each other that makes some of us heroes, and some of us fools – and most of us heroes and fools at the same time!”   (Rev. Michael Burry)



“Prayer doesn’t change things.  It changes people and they change things.”   (Author Unknown)



“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”   (Dag Hammarskjold)



“We grow great by dreams.  All big men are dreamers.  They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening.  Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”   (Woodrow Wilson)   



“Life is a roller-coaster.  Try to eat a light lunch.”   (David A. Schmaltz)


“Halloween Treat”


“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.”   (Robert Brault)   



“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.  Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way?  And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year?  Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day.  People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs.”   (Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief)



“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”   (R. J. Palacio)



“People give you a hard time about being a kid at twelve.  They didn’t want to give you Halloween candy anymore.  They said things like, ‘If this were the Middle-Ages, you’d be married and you’d own a farm with about a million chickens on it.’  They were trying to kick you out of childhood.  Once you were gone, there was no going back, so you had to hold on as long as you could.”   (Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals)



“’Who are you writing to, Linus?’

‘This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin.  On Halloween Night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!’

‘You must be crazy!  When are you going to stop believing in something that isn’t true?’

‘When *you* stop believing in that fellow with a red suit and the white beard who goes, Ho, ho, ho!’

‘We’re obviously separated by denominational differences.’”   (Charles M. Schulz)



“And that’s when I realized, when you’re a kid you don’t need a costume, you ARE superman.”   (Jerry Seinfeld)


“I Have a Dream”

Today is the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Let’s keep in mind the essence of his speech and his life.    This is a re-post of what I posted on January 21, 2013.    (Alex)


“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:  ’We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)



“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”   (Martin Luther King Jr.)



“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”   (Martin Luther King Jr.)



 “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”     (Martin Luther King Jr.)



“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  u don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  

You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)



“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)


“Dreams, Life, Multiple Choice Test – Never Give Up”


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



“’When I grow up …‘

No kid sets out to make Doritos commercials.  No one grows up saying, ‘I want to go into marketing.’

More than ever, though, folks grow up saying, ‘I want to change the world.’  More than ever, that means telling stories, changing minds and building a tribe.

You know marketing.

At least if you want it to be.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 8.25.13)



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



“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”    (Mark Twain)   



 “The next time life tosses you a multiples choice test, remember…

  1)   The more time you give it, the more choices you’ll have.

  2)   There’ll always be more than one right answer. And,

  3)   Waiting for divine intervention is almost never a good idea.

Unless, the divine intervention is your own.

     (signed)    The Universe                (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, July 15, 2013)   



“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a you that you choose to be”    (Joy Page)


“I believe that every one of us has something that’s very unique to us specifically.  Something

unique enough that no one else might really ever understand it — not our parents, or teachers, or best friends, or siblings.

It’s our point of view.

Our point of view is what makes us unique, because no one else — no one else — has your particular combination of thoughts, and dreams, and hopes, and desires, and ambitions and memories, and experiences.  No one.  And I believe that every once in a while, the Universe opens itself up to you and you alone, and shows you something that no one else is going to understand.   And you have to decide in that moment how much you believe in what you have seen — even if everyone else in the world tells you you’re wrong.”     (James A. Owen)



“Never give up.

It’s like breathing – once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope.  You can’t do that.  You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams.  Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”     (Richelle E. Goodrich)


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