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

What the mind dwells on, the mind becomes.

– Buddhist proverb

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Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

– Pema Chodron

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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

– Japanese proverb

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

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Allen Saunders

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There are no uninteresting things; only uninterested people.

– G.K. Chesterton

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