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 “Hope”

“I Have Seen Life as it Is”

 

 

“I have lived nearly fifty years, and I have seen life as it is. 

Pain, misery, hunger … cruelty beyond belief.  I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets.  I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle … or die more slowly under the lash in Africa.  I have held them in my arms at the final moment.  These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing.  No glory, no gallant last words … only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question, “Why?”  I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived.  

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?  Perhaps to be too practical is madness.  To surrender dreams — this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash.  Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all:  to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”          (Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, Miguel Cervantes)

 

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“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”   (Edith Wharton)

 

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“An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, ‘Let me tell you a story.   I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.   But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy.   It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die.   I have struggled with these feelings many times.’

He continued, ‘It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm.   He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended.  He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.  But the other wolf, ah!  He is full of anger.   The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper.   He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason.   He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great.   It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.’

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, ‘Which one wins, Grandfather?’

The Grandfather solemnly said, ‘The one I feed.’”     (Azriela Jaffe)

 

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“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”   (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 

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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.     (signed)   The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 9.1.14)

 

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

 

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“Sometimes Things Become Possible”

 

“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”   (Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall)

 

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“The world is a possibility if only you’ll discover it.”   (Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man)

 

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“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”   (Arthur C. Clarke)

 

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“Let’s go back in time.  Way back.  Before there was even a ‘you’.  Good.  Now further back. Before there were mountains.  Right.  Now before there were oceans. Cool.  Now before there were planets.  Bravo.  Now before there was time and space. Wow.

What’s left?

Right, there was only me, Universal awareness.  And what is awareness, but thought?

Love it.

So, if where there was only ‘thought,’ there are now suns and moons and planets. Mountains and rivers and oceans.  People and places and pets.  What must they all be made of?

Right.

And look who’s thinking now… You?  You are thinking now?  Are you sure?  But if ‘where’ there was only me there’s now you, who must you really be?

Nice roots.   (signed)    The Universe”    (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 5.24.17)

 

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“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”   (Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth)

 

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“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”   (T. S. Eliot)

 

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“The Universe / Things Do Not Change”

 

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”   (Dr. Seuss)

 

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“The truth is you live in an infinitely kind and unspeakably wise Universe that you are a part of, not apart from; where you, yourself, are a creator.  And of your countless creations, your life is one.  You chose to be here.  And infinitely benign and intelligent yourself, your choice was impeccable.

In this greatest adventure of all adventures, whatever you wish for is my command. I am your most faithful servant and constant companion.  Whatever you once dreamed of for yourself, can still come to pass.  It’s never too late to come from behind, and things can literally change for the better in the twinkling of an eye – as you have so often shown us in the past.

You are a supernatural being whose thoughts become things and for whom all things are possible.  This, being a creation amongst your own creations, is as good as it gets, because whenever you don’t like what’s before you, you can simply recreate it… without hindrance from the past or so-called contracts you no longer remember.  There are no other rules.  There are no hidden agendas.  And there are no unknown variables working against you in this paradise you call home, where manifesting change most certainly couldn’t be any easier than getting what you think about.

Oh yeah, way better than winning the lottery. Huh?   (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, May 4, 2017)

 

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“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”   (Alan W. Watts)

 

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“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”   (Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist)

 

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“Things do not change; we change.”   (Henry David Thoreau, Walden)

 

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“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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“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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“You Are Ready to Keep Christmas!”

 

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open?  Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”   (Henry Van Dyke)

 

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“Christmas Gift Suggestions: 

To your enemy, forgiveness. 

To an opponent, tolerance. 

To a friend, your heart. 

To a customer, service. 

To all, charity. 

To every child, a good example. 

To yourself, respect.”   (Oren Arnold)

 

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“Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life needs to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”   (Robert Lynd)

 

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“Peace on earth will come to stay,

When we live Christmas every day.”   (Helen Steiner Rice)

 

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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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“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on.”

 

“Cry.  Forgive.  Learn.  Move on.  Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”   (Steve Maraboli)

 

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“We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that’s exactly right.  The challenge is figuring out which is which.”   (Jodi Picoult)

 

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“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.


But they are there for a reason.  Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”  
(Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain)

 

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“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.”   (Richard Bach)

 

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“I have faith that God will show you the answer.  But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do.  That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper and you have to listen very carefully to hear it.  But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.”   (Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song)

 

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“Tell me there is still good in the world.  Tell me there is still hope for all of us.”   (Marie Lu, Champion)

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