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.

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

– William James

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

– Joseph Campbell

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

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

– Robert Frost

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Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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If you seek to be understood by others, first seek to understand them.

– Stephen J. Covey

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A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimension.

– Albert Einstein

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If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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Your best work is your expression of yourself. You may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert in it.

– Frank Gehry

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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