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

Live simply so that others may simply live.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.

– Albert Einstein

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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With our thoughts, we make the world.

– The Buddha

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When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

– African proverb

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

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I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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