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.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

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

– Japanese proverb

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

– William Butler Yeats

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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

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It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

– Jean-Luc Godard

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Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

– John Lennon

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.

– Wilt Chamberlain

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

– Charles Schulz

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

– Jim Henson

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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