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

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

– Sheldon Kopp

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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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Man does not simply exist but decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

– Viktor Frankl

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Life is a cycle, always in motion, if good times have moved on so will times of trouble.

– Indian proverb

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Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.

– Allen Saunders

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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