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.

“Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable”


“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted.  But what of people who can’t feel?  Or talk about their feelings?  Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships?  And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love?  These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”   (Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers)



“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.  And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”   (Paulo Coelho)



“Refuse to fall down.  If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled.  You may be pushed down.  You may be kept from rising.  But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven – only you.  It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear.  The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening.”   (Clarissa Pinkola Estés)



“I think the highest forgiveness is to accept that creation is thoroughly tangled, with every possible quality given outlet for expression.  People need to accept once and for all that there is only one life and each of us is free to shape it through the choices we make.

Seeking can’t get anyone out of the tangle because everything is tangled up… it’s much easier to keep up the fight between good and evil, holy and profane, us and them.  But as awareness grows, these opposites begin to calm down in their clashes, and something else emerges – a world you feel at home in.”    (Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets)



“Enlightenment is:  absolute cooperation with the inevitable.”   (Anthony de Mello)

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