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”

“And That’s Life, Isn’t It?”


“This life is like a roller-coaster; once you are strapped-in and the ride has started, you aren’t getting off.”    (Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life)




“Whenever you think ‘nothing is working for me,’ always ask ‘but am I working for me?’ your answer is crucial.  Get up, dust yourself off, and try again.”    (Unknown)




“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are ── or, as we are conditioned to see it.”   (Stephen Covey)




“Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.”    (Stephen Covey)




“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain.  From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me.  There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”    (Rumi)




“But I believe good things happen every day.  I believe good things happen even when bad things happen.  And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad.   And that’s life, isn’t it?”    (Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere)




“Do It Again”


“Each of us is born brilliant. Then we spend the rest of our lives having our brilliance buried by people, circumstances, and experiences.  Eventually, we forget that we ever had genius and special talents, and our brilliance is locked away in a vault deep within.  So, we settle for who we are, instead of striving for who we were meant to be.”    (Simon T. Bailey)




“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”    (Stephen Covey)




“The wrong bus.   Your first mistake was getting on the A53 bus, the one that goes crosstown instead of to where you’re going.
Mistakes like this happen all the time.
The big mistake, though, the one that will cost you, is staying on that bus.
I know it wasn’t easy to get on the bus.  I know you got a seat.  I know it’s getting dark outside.
But you’re on the wrong bus and staying on the wrong bus won’t make it the right bus.
If you really want to get where you set out to go, you’re going to have to get off the wrong bus.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 8.5.18)




“Planning is helpful.  If you don’t know what you want, you’ll seldom get it. But, no matter how well you plan, you will fare better if you expect the unexpected.  The unexpected, by nature, comes unseen, unthought, un-envisioned.  All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the flow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed, while those who are unable to go with the flow often suffer, if they survive.”    (David W. Jones, Moses and Mickey Mouse: How to Find Holy Ground in the magic Kingdom and Other Unusual Places)




“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.”    (Bob Dylan)




“Do it again.
Play it again.  Sing it again.  Read it again.  Write it again.  Sketch it again.  Rehearse it again.  Run it again.  Try it again.
Because again is practice, and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection.”    (Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway)


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“Today is Your Lucky Day”


“Don’t let other people tell you what you want.”     (Pat Riley)




“Be a light, not a judge, be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Little by little, your circle of influence will explode, and you will avoid the emotional metastasizing cancers of complaining, criticizing, competing, comparing and cynicism, all which reflect victimization, all of which are the opposite of being proactive.”     (Stephen Covey)




“In a space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose.  Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings.  We may have limited choices, but we can always choose.  We can choose our thoughts, emotions, moods, our words, our actions; we can choose our values and live by principles.  It is the choice of acting or being acted upon.”     (Stephen Covey)




“Forget mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.  Today is your lucky day.”     (Will Durant)




“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes …
I’m thinking of making a few more.”    (Unknown Author)




“For the next seven days, I challenge you not to complain at all.”     (T. Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind)




“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”     (Reinhold Niebuhr)



“You Are the Truth” / “Dare to Dream”



“Change your thoughts and your change the world.”    (Norman Vincent Peale)




“Mind is the master power that molds and makes
And Man is Mind and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought and, shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking glass.”    (James Allen)




“Our thoughts are the most powerful tools we’ve got.

I think; therefore, I can create awesomeness.  Or horrendousness.  But the bottom line is that it’s through our thoughts that we create our realities.”    (Jen Sincero, You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life)




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




“Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple.  It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.  In the silence of ‘not doing’ we begin to know what we feel.  If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.   Listen.”    (Unknown Author)




“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’  Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.  These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.  It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, ‘How good or how bad am I?’ That’s where courage comes in.”    (Erma Bombeck)




“What a wonderful life I’ve had!
I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”    (Colette)




“You are the truth from foot to brow.
Now what else would you like to know?”    (Rumi)



“Today is Filled With Anger / Make Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope



“I resent violence or intolerance in any shape or form.  It never reaches anything or stops anything.  A revolution must come on the due installments plans.  It’s a patent absurdity on the face of it to hate people because they live round the corner and speak a different vernacular, so to speak.”     (James Joyce, Ulysses)




“If you start by hating one or two people, you won’t be able to stop.  Pretty soon you’ll hate a hundred people.”
“A zillion?”
“Even a zillion.  A little hatred goes a long, long way.  It grows and grows.  And it’s hungry.”
“Like Cimmamum?”
“Even hungrier.  You keep feeding it more and more people, and the more it gets, the more it wants.  It’s never satisfied.  And pretty soon it squeezes all the love out of your heart” — I pointed to her heart; she looked down at her chest — “and all you’ll have left is a hateful heart.”     (Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl)




“Today is filled with anger, fueled with hidden hate.
Scared of being outkast, afraid of common fate.
Today is built on tragedies which no one wants to face.
Nightmares to humanity and morally disgraced.
Tonight, is filled with Rage, violence in the air.
Children bred with ruthlessness cause no one at home cares.
Tonight, I lay my head down but the pressure never stops,
knowing that my sanity content when I’m dropped.
But tomorrow I see change, a chance to build a new,
build on spirit intent of heart and ideas based on truth.
Tomorrow I wake with second wind and strong because of pride.
I know I fought with all my heart to keep the dream alive.”     (Tupac Shakur)




“One theory says that if you treat people well, you’re more likely to encourage them to do what you want, making all the effort pay off.  Do this, get that.
Another one, which I prefer, is that you might consider treating people with kindness merely because you can.  Regardless of what they choose to do in response, this is what you choose to do.  Because you can.”     (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, June 2, 2014)




“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.  I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.  How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor’s faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own?  He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.”     (St. Francis de Sales)




Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.”     (Sanskrit proverb)





“Our First Teacher is Our Own Heart”


“I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”     (Samuel Goldwyn)



“To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind towards discovery.”     (Louis Pasteur)



“The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you that must raise your sails.” (Rabindranath Tagore)



“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happened to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.” (Epictetus)



“Our first teacher is our own heart.”     (Cheyenne saying)



“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:  Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”     (Patanjali)



“A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions.”     (William James)




“The Choice – Attitude”


The Choice

“Attitude is the most important choice any of us will make.  We made it yesterday and we get another choice to make it today.  And then again tomorrow.
The choice to participate.
To be optimistic.
To intentionally bring out the best in other people.

We make the choice to inquire, to be curious, to challenge the status quo.
To give people the benefit of the doubt.
To find hope instead of fear in the face of uncertainty.

Of course these are attitudes.  What else could they be?
And of course, they are a choice.  No one does these things to us.  We choose them and do the work (and find the benefits) that come with them.”     (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, January 1, 2017)




“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you.
And you don’t have to listen.”      (Nike)




“We all think we’re going to be great and we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met.  But sometimes expectations sell us short.  Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected.  You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. Standing.  Still, the unexpected is just the beginning; the unexpected is what changes our lives.”     (Grey’s Anatomy)




“Life is like a sandwich!

Birth as one slice,
and death as the other.
What you put in-between
the slices is up to you.

Is your sandwich tasty or sour?     (Allan Rufus)




“The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




“But there’s something in me that just keeps going on.  I think it has something to do with tomorrow – that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”     (Augusten Burroughs)




“Life is what you make it.  Always has been, always will be.”     (Eleanor Roosevelt)


“A Chapter of Life”




A Chapter of Life

“Life is like a book with many different chapters.
Some tell of tragedy, others of triumph.  Some chapters are dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting.
The key to being a success in life is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a tough chapter.
Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead.”     (Author Unknown, Bits & Pieces)



“Do more than exist – live.
Do more than touch – feel.
Do more than look – observe.
Do more than read – absorb.
Do more than hear – listen.
Do more than listen – understand.”     (John H. Rhoades)



“Adults follow paths.  Children explore.  Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.  I was a child, and I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”     (Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane)



“People do what people see.
They forget your words but follow your footsteps.”     (John Maxwell)



“Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives.  It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers.  Good people who are always ‘there,’ who can be relied upon in small, important ways.  People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life.  We never tell them. I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves.  There are those who depend on us, watch us, learn from us, take from us.  And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think.  There are always those who couldn’t do without you.  The rub is that you don’t always know who.”     (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)



“Love is sometimes shown in the things you don’t say, don’t keep track of and don’t notice.  The greatest kindness is often shown in letting things go. None of us is perfect, but we can all be perfect friends and perfect partners by allowing those that we love to be imperfect.  Give those around you the ‘break’ that you hope the world will give you on your own ‘bad day’ and you’ll never, ever regret it.”    (Neale Donald Walsch)



“Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”     (John Jakes)




“Never Neglect the Little Things”


If not now, when?
Care a little more.
Show up.
Embrace possibility.
Tell the truth.
Dive deeper.
Seek the truth behind the story.
Ask the difficult question.
Lend a hand.
Dance with fear.
Play the long game.
Say ‘no’ to hate.
Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.
Risk a bigger dream.
Take care of the little guy.
Offer a personal insight.
Build something magical.
Keep your promises.
Do work that matters.
Expect more.
Sign your work.
Be generous for no reason.
Give the benefit of the doubt.
Develop empathy.
Make your mom proud.
Take responsibility.
Give credit.
Play by a better set of rules.
Choose your customers.
Choose your reputation.
Choose your future.
Thank the ref.
Reward patience.
Because we can.
It really is up to us.  Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.
All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.     (Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin, 11.8.16)



”Never neglect the little things.  Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do.  It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you.  You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special.  Act it.  Never neglect the little things.”     (Og Mandino)



“Be an encourager.  The world has plenty of critics already.”     (Dave Willis)



“There are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life:  never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.”     (Roy Bennett)



“Every act of kindness gets the nod, opens the heart, dampens the fear, turns the page, ups the ante, tips the point, heightens the joy, changes the world, rows the boat, adds to the love, and if you’ve been rather extraordinary lately, turns Thursdays into Fridays.

See?   (Signed)    The Universe”     (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley)



“There is Something Inside You That is Greater”



“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”     (John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love)



“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it?  That is called purpose.  You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.     (Unknown Author)



“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.”     (Richard Bach)



“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” (Charles Bukowski)



“Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”     (Christian D. Larson)




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