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

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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A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

– Marcus Aurelius

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Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

– Hermann Hesse

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You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

-The Buddha

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

– Dale Carnegie

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

– African proverb

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