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 greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

– Socrates

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Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

– Robert Frost

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Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

– Herodotus

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If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

– Amy Tan

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Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

– Charles Dickens

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

– Maya Angelou

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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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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

– Greek proverb

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