What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

– Winston Churchill

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

– Matsuo Basho

The wound is where the light enters you

The wound is where the light enters you.

– Rumi

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

– The Dalai Lama

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.

– Oscar Wilde

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 – Epictetus

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When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.

– Rumi

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Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

– Pema Chodron

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The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

– Lao Tzu

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I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

– C.G. Jung

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The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.

– Søren Kierkegaard

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

– Matsuo Bashō

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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

– Navajo proverb

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No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.

– Brendan Francis

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