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.

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

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

– Jim Rohn

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

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You may delay, but time will not.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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The unfed mind devours itself.

– Gore Vidal

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What you resist persists.

– C.G. Jung

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The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.

– Lena Horne

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