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.

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen


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

– Oscar Wilde


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu


Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.

– Rene Daumal


How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

– Wayne Dyer


He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

– Chinese proverb

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

Well done is better than well said.

Well done is better than well said.

– Benjamin Franklin


Exuberance is Beauty

– William Blake

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

– Amy Tan

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

– Bertrand Russell

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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