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”

“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)


“Advice From Mom”


“To my babies,

Merry Christmas.  I’m sorry if these letters have caught you both by surprise. There is just so much more I have to say.  I know you thought I was done giving advice, but I couldn’t leave without reiterating a few things in writing.  You may not relate to these things now, but someday you will.  I wasn’t able to be around forever, but I hope that my words can be.

  • Don’t stop making basagna.  Basagna is good.  Wait until a day when there is no bad news, and bake a damn basagna.
  • Find a balance between head and heart.  Hopefully you’ve found that Lake, and you can help Kel sort it out when he gets to that point.
  • Push your boundaries; that’s what they’re there for.
  • I’m stealing this snippet from your favorite band, Lake.  ‘Always remember there is nothing worth sharing, like the love that let us share our name.’
  • Don’t take life too seriously.  Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit.  Laugh at it.
  • And Laugh a lot.  Never go a day without laughing at least once.
  • Never judge others.  You both know good and well how unexpected events can change who a person is.  Always keep that in mind.  You never know what someone else is experiencing within their own life.
  • Question everything.  Your love, your religion, your passions.  If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.
  • Be accepting.  Of everything.  People’s differences, their similarities, their choices, their personalities. Sometimes it takes a variety to make a good collection.  The same goes for people.
  • Choose your battles, but don’t choose very many.
  • Keep an open mind; it’s the only way new things can get in.
  • And last but not least, not the tiniest bit least.  Never regret.

Thank you both for giving me the best years of my life.  Especially the last one.


Mom”   (Colleen Hoover, Slammed)


“My mother’s last word to me clanks inside me like an iron bell that someone beats at dinnertime:  love, love, love, love, love.”   (Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things:  Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar)


“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.)

“Fall in Love, Change Our Habits. Because Time Vanishes”

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“How easily we can forget how precious life is!  So long as we can remember, we’ve just been here, being alive.  Unlike other things for which we have a comparison – black to white, day to night, good to bad – we’re so utterly immersed in life that usually we can see it only in the context of itself.  We don’t see life as compared to anything, to not-being-alive, for example, to never having been born.  Life just is.

But life itself is a gift.  It’s a compliment just being born:  to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, and make love, for this particular lifetime.

Today give thanks for life.  For life itself!  For simply being born!”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at least a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.”      (James Boswell)



“We don’t have forever – to fall in love, to change our habits, to solve our problems, to figure out what we want to do with our lives.  In just the same manner, we don’t have an unlimited amount of time to say, do, feel, offer, deliver, share or enjoy all the things we can imagine saying, doing, feeling, sharing, or offering to the person we love.

So love the person you love right now, in the time you’ve been given to love her, in the ways you’ve been give to love him.  Whatever you have in mind to do, whatever you’ve always imagine doing, do it now.

Because time vanishes.  Things change, Stories end.”     (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)


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