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.

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

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

When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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I don’t put off to tomorrow doing what I must do, right now, to find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.

– Ray Bradbury

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Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.

– Rumi

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

– Robert Frost

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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who found it.

– Andre Gide

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The unfed mind devours itself.

– Gore Vidal

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

– Navajo proverb

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