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.

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

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

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

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Lao Tzu

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

– Rene Daumal

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

– Wayne Dyer

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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

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

– Maya Angelou

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– The Buddha

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

– Dale Carnegie

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

– Charles Schulz

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To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

– Arthur Ashe

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen J. Covey

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