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.

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Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is is true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

– Rumi

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

– Ovid

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

Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

– John Lennon

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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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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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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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The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

– C.G. Jung

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The Buddha says that we are not punished for our anger, we are punished by our anger. In other words, anger is its own karma.

– Eknath Easwaran

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

– William G.T. She’d

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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What the mind dwells on, the mind becomes.

– Buddhist proverb

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