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.

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

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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

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

– C.G. Jung

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

– Aristotle

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

– James Dean

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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