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.

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“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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From Catalyst Quotes:  “If you or someone you know needs help, please call.  Believe in yourself.”   (AP)

“What is It We Are Questing For?”


“That thing you thought you’d do

You start to think you can’t;

You always say tomorrow,

But you haven’t got a plan.

Everyone’s asking questions,

And all you do is dodge.

That career that you’d imagined

Was only a mirage.

The older that you get,

The smaller that you feel;

You forget what’s only in your head,

And what is really real.

Sometimes people make it;

They become who they meant to be.

But most of the time,

Dreamers only dream.”    (Margo T. Rose, The Words)





“Oh soul,

you worry too much.

You have seen your own strength.

You have seen your own beauty.

You have seen your golden wings.

Of anything less,

why do you worry?

You are in truth

the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”   (Rumi)





“What is it we are questing for?  It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us.  Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself.  There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled.  You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth.”    (Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss:  Mythology and Personal Transformation)





“Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life.  First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with.  However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfill the promise they showed in childhood.  Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become.  Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfill whatever dreams are within our capability.

Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it.  As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.”    (Michio Kaku)





“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want.  No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”    (Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym)





“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”    (Henry David Thoreau, Walden)





“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”    (Rabindranath Tagore)





“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”    (Wayne W. Dyer)





“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”    (Oscar Wilde)





“Do You Know What You Are?”


“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. 
This universe is not outside of you. 
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want, 
you are already that.”    (Rumi, Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi)



“You are one thing only.  You are a Divine Being.  An all-powerful Creator.  You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”    (Anthony St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide to Your Destiny)



“As you think, so shall you become.”    (Bruce Lee)
“As you think, so shall you be.”    (Wayne Dyer)



“The mind is everything.  What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”    (Buddha)



“Imagine, and it shall be.
There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠”     (Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game)



“If you believe you can, you might.  If you know you can, you will.”    (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)



“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment …  For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on.  We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”    (Maxwell Maltz, The New Psycho-Cybernetics)



“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me.  It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities.”    (Valaida Fullwood)



“The unreal is more powerful than the real.  Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it.  Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last.  Stone crumbles.  Wood rots.  People, well, they die.
But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.  If you can change the way people think.  The way they see themselves.  The way they see the world.  You can change the way people live their lives.  That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”    (Chuck Palahniuk, Choke)



“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”     (Roald Dahl)



“Believe in Yourself … Create Miracles”


“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”   (Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)



“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”    (Eckhart Tolle)



“Our bodies have five senses:  touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing.  But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. 
The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”    (C. JoyBell C.)



“You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life’s sorrows.  We may say we know this but ours is the culture of the deal-making mind.  From infancy, we have breathed in the belief that there is always a deal to be made, a bargain to be struck.  Eventually, we believe, if we do the right thing, if we are good enough, clever enough, sincere enough, work hard enough, we will be rewarded.  …

My invitation, my challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full participation.”   (Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation)



“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing or been too hesitant to attempt.  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.  …

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.  …

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life.  It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it.  The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”   (Jon Krakauer, Into the Wind)



“Motivational quotes and speeches are not about becoming an astronaut, brain surgeon, 1st place athlete or making a certain amount of money.  It’s about excitement, excitement from realizing the absurdity of existence and appreciating that you’re part of it.  And then inspiring others to follow, until we’ve all found that appreciation and the inner peace that comes with it.”   (Aiden Hall)



“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”  (Marvin Gaye)



“You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” (Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)



“Once you believe in yourself
and see your soul as divine and precious,
you’ll automatically be converted
to a being who can create miracles.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)



“Living Life”


“Life has no victims.  There are no victims in this life.

No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today.  We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.

Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past.  Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you.  Instead, stand up and face your past! Face your fears!  Face your pain!  And stomach it all!  You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying – but by all means – face it!

This life makes no room for cowards.”     (C. JoyBell C., The Sun is Snowing: Poetry & Prose by C. JoyBell C.)




“‘I was blind and heart-broken and didn’t want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, I have wonderful news!’
And I was like, ‘I don’t really want to hear wonderful news right now,’ and Gus said, ‘This is wonderful news you want to hear,’ and I asked him, ‘Fine, what is it?’ and he said, ‘You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!’”     (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)



“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still.  Just look and just listen.  No more is needed.”     (Eckhart Tolle)



“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”    (David Nicholls, One Day)



“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)




“’What can you do when you don’t fit in?  What can you do when life seems to be passing you by?’
‘Follow me.  I want to show you something.  See the horizon over there?  See how big this world is?  See how much room there is for everybody?  Have you ever seen any other worlds?’
‘As far as you know, this is the only world there is, right?’
‘There are no other worlds for you to live in, right?’
‘You were born to live in this world, right?’
‘WELL LIVE IN IT THEN!    Five cents please.’”      (Charles M. Schulz)



“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”     (André Gide)



Prayer for Good Humor

“Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I.’
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.”    (St. Thomas More)



“Keep learning, laughing, loving, and leading – living life just for the L of it!”     (Jim Clemmer)



“You gain or lose power according to the choices that you make.

The challenge to each human is creation.  Will you create with reverence, or with neglect?

Choose with wisdom because the power is now fully in your hands.”    (Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process by Gary Zukav)





“If You Are a Dreamer Come In”


“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”    (Shel Silverstein)



“The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labeling everything, judging everything.  Best to ignore that commentary.  Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up.”    (Plato, Conversations with Plato)



“Confronting problems is choosing to suffer now in the hope of future gratification rather than choosing to continue present gratification in the hope that future suffering will not be necessary.”    (M. Scott Peck)



“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”    (Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night)



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”  (J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan)



“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves.  Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.”    (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)



“Imagination is the voice of daring.  If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”    (Henry Miller, Sexus)



“Make big plans … that’s the best way to make big things happen.
Write down your plans.  Share them with trusted colleagues.  Seek out team members and accomplices.
Shun the non-believers.  They won’t be easily convinced, but they can be ignored.
Is there any doubt that making big plans increases the chances that something great will happen?
Is there any doubt that we need your contribution?
Why then, are you hesitating to make big plans?”    (Seth Godin)



“The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”    (The Army Corp of Engineers)


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



“To Survive Today …”



“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”    (Frank Ogden)






“As we go about our daily lives, it is important to remember that we always find what we’re looking for.  If you set out today thinking that this is going to be a bad day, shortly things will begin to order themselves to meet your expectation.  Conversely, if you set out with an expectation of greatness, this can be one of the greatest days of your life.”     (Jim Stovall)






“Beginning of the Day”


“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)




“End of the Day”


“Finish every day and be done with it.   You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.   Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.   It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




 “Every Day”


“There are only two ways to live your life.


One is as though nothing is a miracle.


The other is as though everything else is.”


(Albert Einstein)




 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”    (Johann Wolgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship)





”Happy wowday.


Halloween gives you permission to dress up.  April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.


What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow.’


 Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…


What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year?  If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?


Today might be your wowday.


Or tomorrow.


Up to you.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 3.18.14)





“May you live every day of your life.”    (Jonathan Swift)




“What About the Rest of Your Life?”


“Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up.  A lot of people don’t have the courage to do that.”    (Helen Hayes)



“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.”    (Steve Maraboli)



“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.”    (Robert Fulghum)



“Whatever you do, if you do it sincerely, will eventually become a bridge to your wholeness, a good ship that carries you through the darkness.”    (Carl Jung)



“Never forget the nine most important words of any family –
‘I love you.’
‘You are beautiful.’
‘Please forgive me.’”    (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)



“Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”    (Denis Waitley)



“’What about the rest of your life?’
She shrugged. ‘What about it?’
‘Aren’t you worried about, like, forever?’
‘Forever is composed of nows,’ she says.”    (John Green, Paper Towns)



“Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life.”    (Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt)



“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable.  But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.  To be alive is to be vulnerable.”    (Madeleine L’Engle)



“Looking back, you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life, and that person was you.  It is not too late to become that person again.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



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