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 know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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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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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.

– Wayne Dyer

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.

– Lao tzu

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

– James Dean

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Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

– Jim Henson

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