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 “Love”

“But There is Always 100% Love”



“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”    (Og Mandino)




“Tonight I sent an angel to watch over you, but it came back. When I asked why, it told me that angels don’t watch over other angels.”     (Unknown)




“Accept who you are and revel in it.”   (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie)




“Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.”   (Miguel Angel Ruiz)




“A soul mate is not the person who makes you the happiest,

but the one that makes you feel the most. 

Who conducts your heart to bang the loudest,

who can drag you giggling with forgiveness from the cellar they locked you in.”   (Sierra DeMulder, excerpt from “Unrequited Love Poem”)




“It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain, and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”   (Alan Ball, American Beauty)




“My grandmother once told me, “Relationships are work, honey, and they aren’t 50/50. Some days when I get up I only feel like giving 10%, then your granddaddy has to give 90% that day.  But there is always 100% love.”   (Leigh Ann Lunsford)




“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.”   (Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies) 




“One Word; That Word is Love”


“Love, I’ve come to understand is more than three words mumbled before bedtime.”   (Nicholas Sparks)




“One of the most amazing things that can happen is finding someone who sees everything you are and won’t let you be anything less.  They see the potential of you.  They see endless possibilities.  And through their eyes, you start to see yourself the same way.  As someone who matters.  As someone who can make a difference in this world.”   (Susane Colasanti)




“I told you.  You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car.  You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”   (L. J. Smith)




“You don’t need another Human Being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul, but cracks to put their love into, is the most calming thing In this World.”   (Emery Allen)




“There are really only two types of people:

Those you now love.

And, those you will love. 

That’s what life’s for,  (signed)  The Universe.”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 7.9.13)




“Things I forgot to tell you.  That I love you, and that when I awake in the morning I use my intelligence to discover more ways of appreciating you.”   (Anaїs Nin, Henry and June)




“One word frees us of all weight and pain of life; that word is love.”   (Sophocles, 496 – 406 BC)



“There is Nothing But Love”


“Soon after her brother was born, little Sachi began to ask her parents to leave her alone with the new baby.  They worried that like most four-year-olds, she might feel jealous and want to hit or shake him, so they said no.  But she showed no signs of jealousy.  She treated the baby with kindness and her pleas to be left alone with him became more urgent.  They decided to allow it.  Elated, she went into the baby’s room and shut the door, but it opened a crack – enough for her curious parents to peek in and listen.  They saw little Sachi walk quietly up to her baby brother, put her face close to his and say quietly …

‘Baby, tell me what God feels like.  I’m starting to forget.’”     (Dan Millman)




“In the eyes of love we are all beautiful, and even more astonishing, we are lovable.”   (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)




“Love is the energy of the soul.  Love is what heals the personality.  There is nothing that cannot be healed by love.  There is nothing but love.”   (‘Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul”, Gary Zukav)




“Do you think we choose the times into which we are born?  Or do we fit the times we are born into?”   (Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ the movie)




“Be – don’t try to become.”   (Osho)


“There is One Rule”

“There is one rule recognized in some form or other within every major human culture I have been able to investigate … the Golden Rule:  ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others the way you would want to be treated in their place.’

This is probably the most famous moral rule ever promulgated. And it’s found in culture after culture, every time and place. It’s expressed in many forms, but the main thrust is remarkably the same. Here are a few examples:

Confucianism: ‘Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you.’

Buddhism: ‘Seek for others the happiness you desire for yourself. Hurt not others with that which pains you.’

Hinduism: ‘All your duties are included in this: Do nothing to others that would pain you if it were done to you.’

Judaism: ‘That which is hurtful to you, do not do to your fellow man.’

Islam: ‘Let none of you treat his brother in a way he himself would not like to be treated. No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’

Taoism: ‘View your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.’

Christianity: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’   (If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Tom Morris)

“Make This Christmas Thing Last”

Once again, I present to you the song, “Old City Bar” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Every time I hear it, I get a bit teary-eyed and I am sure you will also. As you read the lyrics below, the words will hit you hard but try to listen to the song and get the full effect of it.  You can then understand that miracles do happen and that we all have goodness in our hearts.  After the video, is a quote that I find useful during the holiday period.    –  Alex Pena






“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)

“Just a Thought … A Different Take on Father’s Day”


Just a thought ….

Today is Father’s Day, a day in which Fathers are recognized for what they ‘do’ and all sorts of accolades and gifts are bestowed upon them.  Well, at least the good fathers are; not sure what happens to the fathers that are looked upon as deadbeats, have been distant or unloving to their children.  I guess it’s just another day to those children that have ‘missing’ fathers.  Or, the love and gifts are shown toward the mother, the grandmother, aunt or whoever has raised the kids.  A special Happy ‘Father’s’ Day to them.

What I want to push forward is the idea that instead of us fathers having a special day in which everything is done for us or gifts are given to us, we turn things around and have the day in which we fathers do things for our kids and family since we have been given the privilege to have children. 

You’ve heard the quote, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”  Dads are special and when one realizes that we’ve been given a huge responsibility to raise children, to help them grow and develop into loving, caring and responsible members of society.  There are many days in which I hear fathers talk about their kids in glowing terms and how proud they are of them.  Those children have turned out to be like that because of things that the fathers have done.  I know, I know, let’s not forget the mothers either.  Don’t get me started on the mothers and their contribution, which is even more than what fathers do.  That is material for another day.  However I do believe that we should keep Mother’s Day as one in which we should do everything for our mothers because they bore our children and have gone through tremendous pain and even more so responsibility to raise our kids.  Mothers are even more special than fathers.

Just think about it, guys.  What would you be without your children?  They have given you love, looks that can melt your heart, pride, a sense of accomplishment, and did I mention love.  Yes, I know there are days in which you wonder ‘what did you do’ to deserve such love and conversely also days in which you wonder, ‘how can you stand your kids’ when they’ve done something wrong.  But you still love them and will do whatever you can to make them well.  You love them, you cherish them, and you cannot be without them.

Just a thought … let’s make it a different Father’s Day today.  Let’s make it “Happy Children’s Day” or “Happy Family Day.”


Just a thought.


“Believe – If I Lack Love Then I am Nothing at All”


“Pascal had it all wrong.  The biggest risk in life is not whether you believe in God, but whether or not you believe in yourself.”   (Park)



“It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”   (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)



“It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that.  So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.”   (C.J. Redwine)



“Just when you think it can’t get worse, it can.  And just when you think it can’t get any better, it will.”   (Nicholas Sparks)



“Let me be patient, let me be kind.  Make me unselfish, without being blind. I may have faith to make mountains fall, but if I lack love then I am nothing at all.”   (Lauryn Hill)



“You were born to win.  But to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win.

Then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win.”   (Zig Ziglar)



“The world is filled with nice people.  If you can’t find one, be one.”   (Unknown)


“Being in Love Changes Everything”


A good speech has a beginning, a middle and an end, the best example being ‘I love you.’” (Robert Brault)



“You may not be her first, her last, or her only.  She loved before she may love again.  But if she loves you now, what else matters?  She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can.  She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.  So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give.  Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”   (Bob Marley)



“You know you have found love when you can’t find your way back.”   (Robert Brault)



“This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds.  But just right for human souls.”   (Aberjhani, Elemental:  The Power of Illuminated Love)



“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song.  At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”   (Plato)



“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.  I love you simply, without problems or pride:   I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”   (Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets)



“If I had to choose between loving you and breathing, I’d take my last breathe to say ‘I love you.’”   (Tyler Beene)



“You know you are in love when you notice change, when the mysterious power that quickens your heart begins to inhabit your everyday life.  Something softens in you and you begin to move in a slightly different direction:  your face looks wiser or younger, there’s a light in your eyes, something different in how you move, the way your hands take hold of things.

People notice.  ‘You look different,’ they say, or ‘You look wonderful,’ or, ‘What’s happened to you?’

And you say back to them, ‘I’ve fallen in love,’ and inside you know you are changing.  Because being in love changes everything.”   (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)

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“Unconditional Love – You’ve Got it All Wrong”


“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”   (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)



“We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”   (Robert Fulghum, True Love)



“Dear Human:

You’ve got it all wrong.

You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. This is where you came from and where you’ll return.

You came here to learn personal love.

Universal love.

Messy love.

Sweaty Love.

Crazy love.

Broken love.

Whole love.

Infused with divinity.

Lived through the grace of stumbling.

Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up.


You didn’t come here to be perfect, you already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human.

Flawed and fabulous.

And rising again into remembering.

But unconditional love?  Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn’t need any adjectives.

It doesn’t require modifiers.

It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.

And do your best.

That you stay present and feel fully.

That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as you.

It’s enough.

It’s plenty.”   (Courtney A. Walsh)

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“More Advice – This Time From Dad”


“I am not my uncle.  I am not my father, but I do subscribe to the twenty rules he taught me from the cradle.

One, if you’re afraid to fight, then you’ll never win.

Two, in times of tragedy and turmoil, you’ll learn who your true friends are. Treasure them because they are few and far between.

Three, know your enemies, and never become your own worst one.

Four, be grateful for those enemies.  They will keep you honest and ever striving to better yourself.

Five, listen to all good advice, but never substitute someone else’s judgment for your own.

Six, all men and women lie.  But never lie to yourself.

Seven, many will flatter you.  Befriend the ones who don’t, for they will remind you that you’re human and not infallible.

Eight, never fear the truth.  It’s the lies that will destroy you.

Nine, your worst decisions will always be those that are made out of fear.  Think all matters through with a clear head.

Ten, your mistakes won’t define you, but your memories, good and bad, will.

Eleven, be grateful for your mistakes as they will tell you who and what you’re not.

Twelve, don’t be afraid to examine the past, it’s how you learn what you don’t want to do again.

Thirteen, there’s a lot to be said for not knowing better.

Fourteen, all men die.  Not everyone lives.

Fifteen, on your deathbed, your greatest regrets will be what you didn’t do.

Sixteen, don’t be afraid to love.  Yes, it’s a weakness that can be used against you.  But it’s also a source of the greatest strength you will ever know.  

Seventeen, the past is history written in stone that can’t be altered.  The future is transitory and never guaranteed.  Today is the only thing you can change for certain.  Have the courage to do so and make the most of it because it could be all you’ll ever have.

Eighteen, you can be in a crowd, surrounded by people, and still be lonely.

Nineteen, love all, regardless of what they do.  Trust only those you have to.  

And twenty … Never be afraid … destroy your enemies.  They won’t hesitate to … destroy you.”   (Sherrilyn Kenyon)



“A piece of advice his father had given him surfaced in Edgar’s mind. Sometimes, he had said, it’s better just to keep quiet and think with your heart.”  (Sharan Newman)


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