Catalyst Quotes

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Archive for the category “Thanks”

“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)


“Thank You, Part II”


“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you,

it will be enough.”

(Meister Eckhart)




“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

(G. K. Chesterton)


“Thank You, Part I”


“I am a flawed person.  A brook with many stones, a clear blue sky with many blackbirds.  I have many shortcomings.  A rainbow that’s not long enough, a starry night with clouds.  But I can only be thankful to the God who loves me just this way, and I can only be grateful to the people in my life who accept the clear blue sky with many blackbirds and who are patient with the rainbow that isn’t long enough.  And because of this, I am taught love, because of this I love my God, and I love these people.”   (C. JoyBell C.)



“Don’t let mistakes be so monumental, don’t let your love be so confidential, don’t let your mind be so darn judgmental, and please let your heart be more influential.  Be thankful for all that the spirit provides and be thankful for all that you see without eyes.”   (Michael Franti)



“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   (Oprah Winfrey)



“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”  (Albert Schweitzer)



“There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings:  a thankful reflection on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them.  The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.”   (Hannah More)



“. . . a basic law:  the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.  This, of course, is a fact.  Thankfulness does tend to reproduce in kind.  The attitude of gratitude revitalizes the entire mental process by activating all other attitudes, thus stimulating creativity.”   (Norman Vincent Peale)



“One Love!

One Heart!

Let’s get together and feel all right.

Hear the children cryin’  (One Love!);

Hear the children cryin’  (One Heart!),

Sayin’:  give thanks and praise

To the Lord and I will feel all right;

Sayin’:  let’s get together

And feel all right.”  (Bob Marley, ‘One Love’ lyrics)


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