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 “Family”

“All Good Things Are Yours”


“If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person

If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house

If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation

If there is order in the nation, there will be Peace in the World.”    (Chinese Proverb)


“If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day – go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.”    (Chinese Proverb)


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is – ‘What are you doing for others?’”    (Martin Luther King) 


 “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit.  But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”    (Mahatma Gandhi) 


 “Fear less, hope more;

Whine less, breathe more;

Talk less, say more;

Hate less, love more;

And all good things are yours.”    (Unknown Author)


“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said.  “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?”  She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts … all replaceable.   Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up.  A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.  And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said.  “Six pairs of hands …. no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.  God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows.  Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest, tomorrow….”

“I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself.  Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick … can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger … and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly.  “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But tough!” said God excitedly.  “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

“There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius,” said the angel.

 Somberly, God said,   …  “I didn’t put it there.”       (Erma Bombeck, ‘When God Created Mothers) 


“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”     (William Thackeray)


Happy Mother’s Day Mom! 

As you look on us from Heaven, know that we miss you and love you.

(Your Loving Son)


“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”    (Washington Irving)


“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity.  It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”    (Agatha Christie, The Hound of Death)


“But there’s a story behind everything.  How a picture got on a wall.  How a scar got on your face.  Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking.  But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.”   (Mitch Albom, For One More Day)


“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another.  My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true.  She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart.  I cannot now imagine a life without her.”   (Kristin Hannah, Summer Island)


“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”    (Mitch Albom, For One More Day)



(Part Two of “Mothers” will be posted tomorrow on Mother’s Day.)

“Rich/Poor – Family – Be Happy”

“One day a father and his rich family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be.  They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’  ‘Very good Dad!’ ‘Did you see how poor people can be?’ the father asked.  ‘Yeah!’  ‘And what did you learn?’

The son answered, ‘I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lamps in the garden; they have the stars.  Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have a whole horizon.’ When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless.  His son added, ‘Thanks, Dad, for showing me how ‘poor’ we are!’

Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things?  If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life — you’ve got everything!  You can’t buy any of these things.  You may have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc.; but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!”     (Author Unknown)



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


“In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.     (Lao Tzu)



“Never forget the nine most important words of any family-

I love you.

You are beautiful.

Please forgive me.”      (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)



“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”     (The 14th Dalai Lama)


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